1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Deborah McGrady

Associate Professor

359 New Cabell Hall

Office Hours:

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm




  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Master of Arts (MA), University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Late medieval literary economy; books as cultural artifacts; history of concepts – especially authorship, readers, patronage; transmission and reception of the Middle Ages in modern society; trauma studies.


2011-2013 Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant for “Machaut in the Book: Representations of Authorship in Late Medieval Manuscripts.”

2010-2011 Gould Foundation Fellowship, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, North Carolina

2002 – 2003 Mellon Fellowship, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

1997 – 1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University

Representative Courses


  • Arts and the Nation
  • Joan of Arc across the Ages
  • Heroes and Villains in the Middle Ages
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Politics in Pre-Modern France


  • Poetry in Motion
  • Art and War
  • Textual Bodies

Representative Publications


Digital Philology A Journal of Medieval Cultures

Ben Albritton
(John Hopkins University, 2016)

A Companion to Guillaume De Machaut

Jennifer Bain
(Brill, 2011)

Controlling Readers: Guillaume de Machaut and His Late Medieval Audience

(University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division , 2006)


 Sample Publications

“Textual Bodies, the Digital Space, and Intimacy: Machaut’s Corpus as Process in the Judgment Cycle,” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures. 5.1 (2016)

 “Joan of Arc and the Literary Imagination,” Cambridge Companion to French Literature, ed. John D. Lyons. (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Que tous se rallïent: Alain Chartier and Pierre de Nesson on Poetic Peace and the Dangers of Debate,” A Companion to Alain Chartier (c. 1385-1430): Father of French Eloquence, eds. Daisy Delogu, Joan McRae, Emma Cayley. (Brill, 2015). 183-99.

"Rethinking the Boundaries of Patronage,"  Special Issue  Digital Philology,  (Fall 2013) Volume 2 Number 2, 145-154.

Guerre ne sert que de torment: Remembering War in the Poetic Correspondence of Charles d’Orléans,” Commemorating Violence: The Writing of History in the Francophone Middle Ages, Noah Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak, eds. (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).

“Reading for Authority: Portraits of Christine de Pizan and Her Readers,” Medieval Authorship: Theory and Practice, eds. Steve Partridge and Erik Kwakkel (Toronto University Press, 2012).

“Machaut and His Material Legacy,” A Companion to Guillaume de Machaut (Brill Academic Publishing, 2012), 361-86.

“De ‘l’onneur et louenge des femmes’: Les dédicaces épistolaire du Débat sur le Roman de la Rose et la réconfiguration du champ littéraire” in « Publics et publications dans les éloges collectifs de femmes à la fin du Moyen Age et sous l’Ancien Régime, » Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Special Issue, Etudes françaises 47.3 (2011), 11-28.