Jennifer Clare Woods

Co-Director, Story Lab

Clare’s research interests centre on Carolingian literature and culture. In addition to her work on homiletics, she participates in the Festus Lexicon Project, contributing chiefly to those aspects of the Project concerned with Paul the Deacon’s epitome of the lexicon. She is also interested in the Carolingian cult of Mary, and in examining more closely the spread and development of Marian cult from the late eighth through the ninth century. A new project will look at intellectual networks, teacher-student relationships, and the culture of gift-giving. In recent years, through teaching involving digital games and virtual reality, and through a working group, Experiencing Virtual Worlds, sponsored by Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, she has also begun to explore ways in which the pre-modern is represented in new media.

After a Frances Yates Long-term Fellowship at the Warburg Institute, and nearly three years working as a Lecturer in the Classics Department at University College Dublin, Clare moved further west to take up a position, in 1999, in the Department of Classical Studies at Duke. She teaches courses at both undergraduate and graduate level in Latin literature of just about all periods (from Plautus to Petrarch), mythology, the city of Rome, Latin palaeography, and late ancient and medieval intellectual culture.