Bonnie came to Wilmington in 2013, with a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. She is Director of Writing in the Disciplines, a job she loves because she believes that persuading an audience through written language is one of the most powerful things we can do to get ahead in the world—in any career. She also believes that while writing is hard work for anyone, practicing it should be fun; that philosophy animates the assignments in her first-year composition courses (Writing I and Writing II), but also in literature classes like “Animal Stories” and “Knights and Dragons.”
Bonnie’s major research interests are in medieval literature, though she frequently presents work on pedagogy and composition as well. She has published articles on topics like conversion narratives, medievalism in Shakespeare, and the power of affect in Chaucer. Her current work in progress is a book on animals in medieval romance who act as teachers of humans and co-creators of culture—a topic she began thinking about while talking with Wilmington students about animal subjectivity in her “Animal Stories” class.
A native of Rochester, New York, Bonnie now feels like a real Midwesterner after spending more than fifteen years in Indiana and Ohio. She currently lives in Cincinnati with her wife and two spoiled cats. In her free time, she loves cooking, running, horseback riding, and volunteering with a local therapeutic equestrian program.
Erwin, Bonnie J. “Beyond Mastery: Interspecies Apprenticeship in Medieval Romance.” Exemplaria 29.1 (2017): 41-57. DOI 10.1080/10412573.2017.1284370.
Erwin, Bonnie J. “Why We Can’t Stop Fighting about Chaucer’s Man of Law.” Enarratio 20 (2016): 41-66. DOI 10.18061/1811/79857.
“‘Is This Winning?’: Reflections on Teaching The Two Noble Kinsmen.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 29 (2014). Web.
“A Good Woman is Hard to Find: Conversion and Feminine Power in Bevis of Hampton.” Exemplaria 23.4 (2011): 368-389.
Selected Conference Presentations and Posters
“Teaching Through Resistance in the Rust Belt.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Annual Conference. Detroit, MI. June 2017.
“Repainting the Lion.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May 2017.
“Beyond Mastery: Interspecies Apprenticeship in Medieval Romance.” 51st International Conference on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May 2016.
Poster, co-presented with Marta Wilkinson: “The Self as Subject: Strategies for Acting Up and Talking Back.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX. April 2016.
Poster, co-presented with Marta Wilkinson: “Integrating, Assessing, and Closing the Loop.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, Florida. March 2015.
“Teaching the City in the Country.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Detroit, Michigan. November 2014.
“Love vs. Law: Affect Un-makes the Nation in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale.” Ohio Medieval Colloquium Spring Meeting. Columbus, OH. June 2014.
“Chivalry is (Un)Dead.” Cincinnati Shakespeare Symposium. Cincinnati, Ohio. May 2014.
Poster: “Religious Violence and Medieval Masculinity.” Wilmington College Research Symposium. Wilmington, Ohio. May 2014.
“Conflict Zones: Affect and Culture Clash in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale.” Medieval Association of the Midwest Annual Conference. Terre Haute, Indiana. September 2013.
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington 2010
M.A. Binghamton University 2002
B.A. Hamilton College 2000