Professor of EnglishOwens Hall 207405.585.4248 OBU Box 61249500 W. UniversityShawnee, OK 74804
Dr. Karen Youmans studies medieval hagiography and rhetoric with a particular interest in Middle English and Chaucerian studies. She has also presented and published on Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry. In addition to teaching courses in the university's core curriculum and courses on early British literature for the English major, she also directs the university's Honors program.
Dr. Youmans has spent several years as an active member in the Conference on Christianity and Literature, an allied society of the Modern Language Association, and currently serves on the organization's board of directors. She is also involved with the National Collegiate Honors Council, serving on the Council's Small Colleges Committee. She is a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where she sings in the Chancel Choir, serves as occasional cantor, and teaches children's Sunday School. She lives in Shawnee with her husband, Tim, who serves as the Youth and Family Minister at Emmanuel Parish, and their son, Noah.
Educational Background:B.A., Louisiana State UniversityPh.D., University of North TexasDissertation: “Chaucer and the Rhetorical Limits of Exemplary Literature”
Courses Taught:ENGL 1153: English Composition: Exposition and ArgumentENGL 1163: English Composition and Classical LiteratureENGL 2013, 2023: Western CivilizationHON 1013: Honors Critical SkillsHON 1163: Honors English: Composition and Classical LiteratureHON 2119: Colloquium in Humanities: The Bible as LiteratureHON 2119: Colloquium in Humanities: The Cult of the Saints in Medieval EuropeENGL 2043: Literature of the Western World IENGL 2053: Literature of the Western World IIENGL 2513: Survey of English Literature IENGL 3213: ShakespeareENGL 4713 Major Authors: British PoetryENGL 4329 Authority and Authorship in the Works of Geoffrey ChaucerENGL 4903: Critical Perspectives
Selected Publications and/or Professional Activities:Review of Patricia Badir, The Maudlin Impression: English Literary Images of Mary Magdalen,1550-1700. Christianity and Literature 60 (2011): 660-64.
"The Hospitable Text on Pilgrimage: Dialogism, Open Endings, and Fideism in The Canterbury Tales." The Hospitable Text Conference: New Approaches to Religion and Literature. Notre Dame London Centre, London, UK, 2011.
"'Listeth of my drem to lere': Can Chaucer's House of Fame Engage a Postsecular Christian Poetics?" The Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Houston Baptist University, October 2009.
"Small College Thesis Projects: Special Challenges and Rewards," with Nicholas Hunt-Bull, Southern New Hampshire University. The National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2008.
"Growing in Honors: The Freshman Year Experience," with Michael Tabor, St. Mary's College Maryland and John Eby, Loras College. The National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 2007.
"Curriculum in the Small College Honors Program," with Aron Reppman, Trinity Christian University. The National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2006.
Review of Velma Bourgeois Richmond. Chaucer as Children's Literature: Retellings from the Victorian and Edwardian Periods. Christianity and Literature 55 (2006): 592-95.
"Chaucer's Staged Readings of Exemplary Literature." Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Abilene Christian University, September 2006.
"Chaucer and the Uses of Hagiographic Discourse." New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, University of Glasgow, UK, July 2004.
"Asser's Life of Alfred and the Rhetoric of Hagiography." Medievalia 22.2 (1999): 291-305.
Honors Theses Directed:
Chera Cole, "'If the wyf have maisterie': Marriage, Consent, and the Ideal Wife in The Clerk's Tale and The Franklin's Tale." 2007.