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Graduate Faculty

Mary DzonMary Dzon

Associate Professor

214 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6948
Fax: (865) 974-6926


Professor Dzon teaches courses on medieval literature and specializes in Medieval Latin and Middle English religious literature. In addition to medieval piety, her interests include romances and legends, conceptualizations of the lifecycle, gender and the body, as well as visual and manuscript studies. Professor Dzon has completed an essay collection and a monograph on the medieval Christ Child, and continues to explore apocryphal traditions concerning Jesus and other figures connected with the Bible. She is currently working on an edition and translation of a Latin Life of the Virgin Mary. An active participant in the interdisciplinary Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Professor Dzon welcomes graduate students in various medieval fields.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto


  • The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages (Pennsylvania, 2017)
  • “Holy Family, Christianity.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Walter de Gruyter, 2016)
  • “Out of Egypt, Into England: Tales of the Good Thief for Medieval English Audiences,” in “Diuerse Imaginaciouns of Cristes Life”: Devotional Culture in England and Beyond, 1300-1560, ed. Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry (Brepols, 2014): 147-241.
  • “Wanton Boys in Middle English Texts and the Christ Child in Minneapolis, University of Minnesota, MS Z822 N81,” in Medieval Lifecycles: Continuity and Change, ed. Isabelle Cochelin and Karen Smyth (Brepols, 2013): 81-145.
  • “Jesus and the Birds in Medieval Abrahamic Traditions,” Traditio 66 (2011): 189-230.
  • “Boys Will Be Boys: The Physiology of Childhood and the Apocryphal Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages,” Viator 42.1 (2011): 179-225.
  • The Christ Child in Medieval Culture: Alpha es et O!, ed. Mary Dzon and Theresa Kenney (University of Toronto Press, 2012).
  • Co-authored with Theresa Kenney, “The Infancy of Scholarship on the Medieval Christ Child,” in The Christ Child in Medieval Culture, pp. xiii-xxii.
  • “Birgitta of Sweden and Christ’s Clothing,” in The Christ Child in Medieval Culture, pp. 117-44.
  • “Cecily Neville and the Apocryphal Infantia salvatoris in the Middle Ages,” Mediaeval Studies 71 (2009): 235-300.
  • Review of Michael E. Goodich, Miracles and Wonders: The Development of the Concept of Miracle, 1150-1350 (Ashgate, 2007), in Speculum 84.1 (2009): 146-48.
  • “Margery Kempe’s Ravishment into the Childhood of Christ,” Mediaevalia 27.2 (2006): 27-57.
  • “Conflicting Notions of Pietas in Walter of Wimborne’s Marie Carmina,” Journal of Medieval Latin 15 (2005): 67-92.
  • “Joseph and the Amazing Christ-Child of Late-Medieval Legend,” in Childhood in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: The Results of a Paradigm Shift in the History of Mentality, ed. Albrecht Classen (Walter de Gruyter, 2005), pp. 135-57.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • 2015-2016 Faculty Fellowship at the Tennessee Humanities Center
  • NEH Seminar Participant, “St. Francis of Assisi and the Thirteenth Century” (Summer 2008)
  • Junior Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University (2007-2008)