Meredith Ringel-Ensley

Office:   Dey 121


BA, Brown University, 2007, Classics and Comparative Literature


I entered UNC's Comparative Literature program in 2009. I study the Middle Ages and Renaissance with an emphasis on literatures written in Latin, Italian, French, and Middle English. My dissertation will focus on medieval and early modern travel literature (pilgrimages, mercantile journeys, and otherwise) and ethnographies, and how the physical manuscripts and early printed works in which those narratives were written can be used for literary analysis. In particular, I am interested in how illuminations and maps of those journeys affected contemporary perceptions of the books’ contents. Additionally, I am interested in the reception of classical literature in the medieval and early modern periods. At UNC I have taught courses in elementary Italian and freshman composition and have also led recitations for Comparative Literature lectures.