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Sean Gordon Lewis, Ph.D.

Sean Lewis

Associate Professor

Department of English

Sean Lewis, Ph.D., came to the Mount in 2014, having previously served as Assistant Professor of Humanities and Trivium at Wyoming Catholic College. Since arriving at the Mount, he has taught extensively in the Core Curriculum and in the English Major (particularly courses on Medieval Literature, Chaucer, The Epic, and The Bible as Literature). In his spare time, Lewis conducts polyphonic liturgical choirs.

Ph.D., English Literature, The Catholic University of America
M.St., English 650-1550, with distinction, The University of Oxford
B.A., English, summa cum laude, The University of Dallas

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, The Greek Hero (Washington, D.C.), 2019

The Class of 1950 Award (the highest service award given by Mount St. Mary’s University, given annually to one member of the faculty, staff, or student body), 2018

The Council of Independent Colleges and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Sight and Sound in Renaissance and Baroque Europe (c. 1300-1700) (Atlanta), 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities, Tudor Books and Readers (Antwerp, London, and Oxford), 2012

Medieval and Early Renaissance Literature; The Epic; The Bible and Literature; Semiotics and Literature; Rhetoric and Aesthetics

Selected publications – Articles

The Parson of Kalenborowe: An Early 16th-Century Comic Novella (translation/edition, with an introductory essay; under review)

“Airy Bodies and Knowledge in Chaucer’s House of Fame” (under review)

“Ottawanta, Our Lady of the Field(s), and the Persistence of Legend in American Catholicism,” U.S. Catholic Historian (forthcoming)

Mathematics, Mystery, and Memento Mori: Teaching Humanist Theology in Dante’s Commedia,” Religions 10 (2019): Special Issue: “Teaching Dante”

“Pynson’s Chaucers of 1526: Reading Cues and Reading Practices,” Enarratio Vol. 22 (2018), 32-60.

On the Road of the Text: Using Ductus to Teach Medieval Literature,” This Rough Magic, December 2017

“The Epic Cosmos in Rural Kentucky: Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter as a Modern Epic,” Anamnesis 5 (2016), 124-39.

Selected publications – Book chapters

College Writing: Summary, Analysis, and Synthesis, with Jack Dudley. The First-Year Symposium Reader. Ed. Gregory Murry. Hanover, Pennsylvania: Invino Academic Publishing, 2016.

Greek Theater, The Roman Epic, The Medieval Cathedral, Medieval Literature, and Medieval Drama." Origins of the West Reader. Ed. Gregory Murry. Hanover, Pennsylvania: Invino Academic Publishing, 2014.