Jesse A. McDowell

Jesse A. McDowell

I am a PhD student in the Department of English At Loyola University Chicago, formerly teaching at North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina. In my research I focus on hypertext in Old and Middle English manuscripts with a particular focus on how digital technology can inhere the same experiences with literacy then as it can now, particularly in various digital media. I am also interested in digital archiving, text-encoding, and constructing digital microfilm editions. In my papers presented (in hopes of publication) I have focused on Alfredian texts, mainly the Old English Boethius. Other interests include Early British Monastic culture, early book production, and the intersection of devotion and expression in Early British / Anglo-Saxon England. 



Ph.D. Student – Dept. of English, Loyola University Chicago 

          Emphases: Old English, Middle English, Digital Humanities, Historical Linguistics

Master of Arts – British and American Literature, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, 2016)

          Thesis: “Book Ontology and Ptolemaic Learning in the Old English Boethius

Bachelor of Arts – Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA, 2014)

          Thesis: “Motivation of the Apocalyptic: Pearl as a Medieval Apocalypse”

          Major in English, minor in writing

CCCU Oxford Summer Programme – University of Oxford (Oxford, UK, June-July 2013)

          Focus: Classics, apologists, and English Reformation


Academic Appointments:

Teaching Fellow, Loyola University Chicago, Department of English, 2017-present

Lecturer I, North Carolina State University, Department of English, 2016-2017

Teaching Assistant (Instructor on Record), Department of English, 2014-2016

NCSU English Dept. “Teach For a Day” Program, Survey of English Literature I

Writing Tutor, Emmanuel College Academic Resource Center, (2013-2014) 


Papers Delivered:

“Book Ontology and Ptolemaic Learning in the Old English Boethius.” Special Session: “Alfredian Texts and Contexts.” 52ndInternational Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2017. 

“Two HTML Tasks for Aelfric Scriptorium.” Presentation delivered for ENGL 620 with Ted Leinbaugh. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill      Special Collections, November 16, 2016. 

 “Scribes and Their Studiers: A Social History of the Old English Boethius Manuscripts.” Conference: “Accessibility in the Medieval World,” hosted by the Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium at Cornell University, February 20, 2016.

“Cultural Convergence and the Old English Boethius: A Manuscript Study.” The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham NC, November 2015.

“Disparate Narratives: Boethian Discrepancy in The Man of Law’s Tale and The Knight’s Tale.” The Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the University of Florida, February 2015.

“Motivation of the Apocalyptic: Pearl as a Medieval Apocalypse.” Thesis presented at Emmanuel College Annual Research Symposium, Franklin Springs, GA, 2014.

“Grasping for Complexity: Giving Genre Back to Seneca.” Paper presented at Emmanuel College Annual Research Symposium, Franklin Springs, GA, 2013.


Digital Projects:

Aelfric Scriptorium, (2014-): Towards an Archive of Diplomatic Digital Editions of Aelfric’s Homilies and Hagiography

Medium/Message, academic blog, <>, 2015-present

“Old Books With New Tools: An Ideal Binding of LJS 101, University of Pennsylvania” (November, 2015) <>



Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 28-9, 2017. 

Virginia Rare Book School, course: “Advanced Seminar in Medieval Manuscript Studies,” Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 2016.

Virginia Rare Book School, course: “The Medieval Manuscript in the 21st Century,” University of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia, PA, July 2015.


Awards and Scholarships:

The 2016 William T. Buice III Scholarship for Rare Book School 

Old English Language Award, Emmanuel College, 2014

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