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College of Arts & Sciences
First-Year English


Holly Crocker

Professor of English, Director of FYENGL
First Year English
University of South Carolina

Office: Humanities Office Building 305
Webpage: Department of English Profile


Holly Crocker is Professor of English, and her research interests include medieval and early modern literature, feminist-, affect, and posthumanist theory. She recently completed a book, The Matter of Virtue: Women’s Ethical Action from Chaucer to Shakespeare, and she’s currently co-editing an essay collection (with Glenn Burger), Affect, Feeling, Emotion: The Medieval Turn. Holly also authored Chaucer’s Visions of Manhood, and edited Comic Provocations: Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux. She co-edited Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debate (with D. Vance Smith), and a special issue of postmedieval, entitled “Premodern Flesh” (with Kathryn Schwarz). Her articles have appeared in The Chaucer Review, Exemplaria (twice), The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Medieval Feminist Forum, New Medieval Literatures, Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, and numerous edited collections. Holly believes that FYE is the most important introduction students can get into the value of a humanities education—by learning to read and write at the college level, students gain the opportunity to approach difficult, cross-disciplinary problems in new and dynamic ways that will serve during and beyond their university careers. Accordingly, she enjoys working with the excellent FYE team of administrators and instructors to find new ways to enrich the intellectual experience for everyone involved!!