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Dr. Laura K. Bedwell

Associate Professor
Department Chair & Director of Baylorian
English Department
Office: Heard 118
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8008900 College St, Box 8008BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4564(254) 295-4564
Subjects Taught: Rhetoric and Composition I and II, British Literature to 1785, British Literature since 1785, Religion and Literature, Introduction to the English Major, Major Authors: Malory, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Advanced Grammar, Publications Workshop, English Internship, Capstone to the English Major
Degrees Earned: B.A., University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Laura K. Bedwell is a native Central Texan who earned her Bachelor's Degree at UMHB and her Master's and Doctoral Degrees at Baylor University.  Her academic specialty is Early British Literature, particularly the literature of the late Middle Ages.  She has presented papers on Malory, Chaucer, and the Pearl Poet, and she has published articles on Malory, the Pearl Poet, and Jack London.  She and her husband Tom have three sons, and she enjoys reading, cats, and knitting, though not all at the same time.

Recent Publications
  • Review: Shakespeare's Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage, by Kurt A. Schreyer.  Christianity and Literature 65.4 (2016): 511 - 514.
  • Review: Life in Words: Essays on Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Malory, by Jill Mann.  Christianity and Literture 65.1 (2015): 108 - 111.
  • "'They Be Sorsserers and Inchaunters Many of Them':  Magic and Female Power in the Morte Darthur."  Medieval Perspectives 29 (2014): 149 - 159.
  • Review:  Shakespeare on Love, by Joseph Pearce.  Christianity and Literature 63.3 (2014): 394 - 397.
  • The Failure of Justice, the Failure of Arthur.” Arthuriana 23.1 (2011): 3 – 22.
  • “Pearl and the Bible.” Medieval Perspectives 24 (2009 (2011)): 23 - 32
  • Jack London’s Samuel and the Abstract Shrine of Truth.” Studies in American Naturalism 2 (2007): 150 – 165.
Research Interests
  • Arthurian Literature and Legend
  • The works of Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The works of the Pearl Poet