About Me


Hi! Below you'll find a brief summary of my professional background and research, but for those who'd rather know something about my personality, here are the really vital bits of knowledge:
  • I read almost anything, from comic books and mystery novels to 12th century Old French romance
  • I love teaching, and I really loving teaching at Wofford
  • Kathryn Janeway and Xena, Warrior Princess are my heroes
  • My only domestic skill is crocheting
  • I'm frequently sarcastic, generally at the most inappropriate times



I received my B.A. in French and English from Tulane University in 1991, and my M.A. and PhD in English from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo in 1997. My areas of specialization include medieval literature, especially Middle English and Old French romance, history of the English language, children's literature, science fiction, and feminist thematics. I started work at Wofford College in the fall of 1997.

Wofford Activities

I'm currently the paginator for Wofford's English Department Homepage, so please e-mail me if you have comments or suggestions. Sally Hitchmough and I are the coaches of Wofford's College Bowl Team--the most exciting and intellectually stimulating group on campus!

Sample Publications

  • "Medea's Humanity and John Gower's Romance," Medieval Perspectives, Volume XIV (1999)

  • "The Other Woman in Chretien de Troyes' Yvain," Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture, Volume 10, Number 2 (1996)

  • "Griselda Speaks: The Scriptural Challenge to Patriarchal Authority in 'The Clerk's Tale,'" Critical Matrix, Volume 9, Number 1 (Spring 1995)


Recent Conference Papers

  • "Ritual, Romance and Role-shifting Women: Hybridizing Genres in Medieval Detective Fiction," International Congress on Medieval Studies, May, 1999.

  • "Medea's Maidenhood," Southeastern Medieval Association, Agnes Scott College, October 1998

  • "(Un)equal Madness: Insanity in Chretien de Troyes's Yvain," International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1998


Natalie Grinnell
Wofford College
Department of English
429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303

Last Update: July 26, 2002

Office Phone: 1-864-597-4564