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Bonnie Erwin

Associate Professor,

Bonnie came to Wilmington in 2013, with a Ph.D in English from Indiana University.  She especially loves teaching first-year writing classes, 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.  In addition to Writing I and II, she also teaches courses in early British Literature. Sign up for one of her literature classes and you’ll find all the valiant knights, fair ladies, castles, dragons and jousts you could possibly want.

Bonnie’s research focuses on medieval texts, and especially on the ways that literature shows animals—including horses, falcons, lions, and other critters—influencing human culture. Her previous research has dealt with topics like religious conversion and the circulation of emotion in medieval literature.

A native of Rochester, New York, Bonnie now feels like a real Midwesterner after spending more than fifteen years in Ohio and Indiana. She lives in Cincinnati with her wife and very spoiled cats.  In her free time she loves cooking vegetarian food, running far but slowly, and horseback riding (especially cross-country jumping).



Zöopedagogies: Creatures as Teachers in Middle English Romance. Routledge, 2018.

Beyond Mastery: Interspecies Apprenticeship in Medieval Romance.” Exemplaria 29.1 (2017): 41-57. DOI 10.1080/10412573.2017.1284370.

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).

A Good Woman is Hard to Find:  Conversion and Feminine Power in Bevis of Hampton.”  Exemplaria 23.4 (2011): 368-389. DOI 10.1179/175330711X13131907446373.



Ph.D     Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010

M.A.     Binghamton University, 2002

B.A.      Hamilton College, 2000