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Dr. Jenny Rytting

Dr. Jenny Rytting



2830 Colden Hall




Assistant Chair

Courses Taught

  • ENG 640: Studies in Genre: The Medieval Dream Vision
  • ENG 631: Figures and Groups: Jane Austen and Politics
  • ENG 590: Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 530: Studies in Later British Literature: Jane Austen and Her Literary Sisters
  • ENG 520: Studies in Early British Literature: Frame Tale Fiction
  • ENG 520: Studies in Early British Literature: Medieval Women Visionaries
  • ENG 520: Studies in Early British Literature: Middle English Romances
  • ENG 520: Studies in Early British Literature: The Medieval Religious Experience
  • ENG 504: Language and Linguistics: History of the English Language
  • ENG 504: Language and Linguistics: Translation in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 372: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 343: Survey of Women’s Literature
  • ENG 325: Special Topics: Robin Hood and Joan of Arc
  • 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

  • “Lost Sheep, Lost Coins, and Lost Meanings.” BYU Studies Quarterly. Vol. 60, no. 4, 2021, pp. 41-64.
  • “‘Pretty Fairly Divided Between the Sexes’: Jane Austen on Gender.” Persuasions, vol.41, 2019, pp. 50-61.
  • “Jane, Bingley, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Or, the Other Couple in Pride and Prejudice.” Persuasions On-Line, vol. 39. no. 1, Winter 2018.
  • “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: Encyclopedia Articles

  • “An A.B.C.” The Chaucer Encyclopedia. Edited by Richard Newhauser. Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

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

  • “The Other Siblings in Sense and Sensibility.” Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting: Sense and Sensibility in the City of Gardens. Victoria, BC. 30 September-2 October, 2022.
  • “‘Pretty fairly divided between the sexes’: Jane Austen on Gender.” Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting: 200 Years of Northanger Abbey—“Real, Solemn History.” Williamsburg, VA. 4-6 October 2019.
  • “Women and the Sacrament: Purpose, Preparation, and Prayer.” Seminar on Women and Public Worship, 1500-1660, Forty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C. 17-20 April 2019.
  • “Privileging the Written Word in Much Ado About Nothing?”  Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. 18-20 June 2018.

  • “Type Lessons from Jane Austen: Can Fictional Characters Really Be Typed?” Association for Psychological Type International 22nd Annual Conference.  Salt Lake City, UT. 18-20 July 2017.  With Marvin Rytting.

  • “The Female Cities of Christine de Pizan and the Middle English Pearl.” Mid-America Medieval Association XL: Other Worlds.  Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. 17 Sept 2016.

  • “The Marginalization of Ophelia.”  22nd Annual Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference: Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Tempe, AZ.  5-7 February 2016.

  • “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. 

Other Professional Experience

  • Editorial Board Member, BYU Studies, 2021-present.
  • Reader, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, 2012-present.
  • President, Faculty Senate, Northwest Missouri State University, 2019-2020.
  • President, Maryville Public Library Board, Maryville, Missouri, 2021-present
  • Trustee, Maryville Public Library Board, Maryville, Missouri, 2015-present