Biography

Kathryn L. Lynch is the Dean of Faculty Affairs and the Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English at Wellesley College. She received her B.A. from Stanford University ('73; majoring in English and Classics) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in English Language and Literature ('78, '82). Her scholarly specialty is medieval English literature, especially the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. She is the author of two books (The High Medieval Dream Vision: Poetry, Philosophy, and Literary Form [Stanford, 1988] and Chaucer's Philosophical Visions [D.S. Brewer, 2000]), and is the editor of a two others (Chaucer's Cultural Geography [Routledge, 2002] and Dream Visions and Other Poems [a Norton Critical Edition]. She has also written numerous articles and book reviews on medieval topics. Professor Lynch works as the academic dean who supports the Wellesley departments in the arts and humanities. She is currently writing about the interpretation of the Canterbury Tales in Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial film of that name and on the various permutations of food in medieval literature and culture. She lives in Wellesley, MA, with her husband, Robert McDonnell (a lawyer). She has three adult children who (currently) live respectively in New York, Oregon, and Massachusetts, pursuing careers in law, fiction-writing, and music/computer science.