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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Jenny Rytting

Dr. Jenny Rytting



2830 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator, English M.A. & M.S.Ed. Programs

Courses Taught

  • ENG 622: Medieval Literature
  • ENG 590: Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 530: Jane Austen and Politics
  • ENG 520: Medieval Women Visionaries
  • ENG 520: Middle English Romances
  • ENG 520: The Medieval Religious Experience
  • ENG 501: The History of the English Language
  • ENG 462: Jane Austen and Her Literary Sisters
  • ENG 372: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 305: The Literary Critic’s Craft
  • ENG 325: Robin Hood and Joan of Arc
  • ENG 325: The Middle Ages in Modern Children’s Literature
  • ENG 245: English Literature—Beowulf through the 18th Century
  • ENG 220: Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 110: Introduction to College Writing


  • Ph.D. English; Arizona State University
    • Dissertation: “Hearing the Word”: Julian of Norwich and the Medieval English Sermon Tradition
  • M.A. English; Acadia University
    • Thesis: “Famous in Legend and Story”: Robin McKinley’s Portrayal of Heroes
  • B.A. Honors in English; Brigham Young University
    • Honors Thesis: A Study of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from a Perspective of Psychological Type (Or, Six Characters in Search of a Psychologist)

Academic Interests

  • Early British Literature
  • Medieval Visionary Literature
  • The History of the English Language
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Jane Austen and her contemporaries

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications: Articles

  • “Dialect Translation in the Manuscripts of The Reeve’s Tale.”  The Medieval Translator/ Traduire au Moyen Age 15. Ed. Alessandra Petrina and Monica Santini.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.  247-62. With Patricia L. Drews.
  • “Cognition and Recognition in King Lear IV.vii.” Quidditas 31 (2010): 233-38.
  •  “The Christian Context of Julian of Norwich’s ABCs.”  Mystics Quarterly 34.3-4 (2008): 71-84.
  •  “Parallel Parables: Julian of Norwich’s Lord and Servant and the Biblical Good Samaritan.”  The Medieval Translator/Traduire au Moyen Age 10.  Ed. Jacqueline Jenkins.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2007.  95-107.
  •  “In Search of the Perfect Spouse: John Gower’s Confessio Amantis as a Marriage Manual.”  The Dalhousie Review 82 (2002).  113-26.  Reprint in Poetry Criticism 59 (2005): 106-13.
  • Pearl and the Translation of Scriptural Paraphrase.”  The Medieval Translator/Traduire au Moyen Age 8.  Ed. Rosalynn Voaden, René Tixier, Teresa Sanchez Roura, and Jenny Rebecca Rytting.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.  281-93.
  • “Jane Austen Meets Carl Jung: Pride, Prejudice, and Personality Theory.”  Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line 22.1 (Winter 2001).  <>.

Selected Publications: Translations

  • “An English Translation of ‘Forunderligt at sige.’”  Grundtvig Studier (2012): 145-48
  • “A Disputacioun betwyx þe Body and Wormes: A Translation.”  Comitatus 31 (2000): 219-34.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Equally Happy in the City or the Country, or, The Other Couple in Pride and Prejudice.” Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference: The City in the Eighteenth Century.  Kansas City, MO.  17-19 October 2014.
  • “Shifting Figurations of Robin Hood's Hero Journeys.”  Annual Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference.  Denver, CO.  11-13 April 2013.
  • “A Map Quest: Seeking Computer Models for use with LALME.”  47nd International Congress on Medieval Studies.  Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 10-13 May 2012.  With Patricia L. Drews.
  • “Corpus Christi: Medieval Views of Christ’s Body.”  Joint Mormon Scholars in the Humanities and Association of Mormon Letters Conference.  Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. 24-26 March 2011. 
  • “Dialect Translation in Manuscripts of the Reeve’s Tale.” The Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages. University of Padova, Padova, Italy. 23-27 July 2010.  With Patricia L. Drews.
  • “‘Honeste Love’: Medieval Marriage Ideals in Sermons, Literature, and History.” Mormon Scholars in the Humanities Conference: The Family and Human Relationships in History, Literature, Art, and Philosophy.  Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.  21-22 May 2010.  
  • “Spiritual Gardening in Julian of Norwich’s Parable of the Lord and the Servant.” Annual Mid-America Medieval Association Conference. Conception Abbey, MO. 27 February 2010.


She came most recently from Arizona State University, where she completed her Ph.D. in medieval literature (writing a dissertation on Middle English sermons and the late-medieval visionary Julian of Norwich), she considers herself to be a Midwesterner, having grown up in Columbus, Indiana. She moved to California with her family just before entering high school, and has since lived in Utah, where she attended Brigham Young University (receiving an Honors B.A. in English and writing an honors thesis on Jane Austen); Denmark, where she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Nova Scotia, Canada, where she earned an M.A. in English from Acadia University (writing a master's thesis on the young adult fantasy writer Robin McKinley). Her current research interests include medieval women visionaries, Middle English sermons, and the Pearl-poet. She primarily teaches courses in early British literature, Young Adult literature, and composition. She also plays the oboe in Northwest's Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Although she enjoys visiting her family, which is spread out from Switzerland to San Diego and includes 7½ niblings (5 nephews, 2 nieces, and one on the way), she and her cat Stitch are glad to be in Maryville.