Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

Department of English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 109
Greeley, Colorado 80639

Office: Ross 1170A
Phone: (970) 351-2044
Fax: (970) 351-3378 

Kristin Bovaird-Abbo is an Associate Professor of English with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas where she completed a dissertation on Geoffrey Chaucer's use of the Arthurian legend. Her areas of special interest include medieval language and literature, particularly Middle English and Arthurian studies, and she regularly teaches classes on Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language, Linguistics, the Arthurian Legend (medieval to modern), and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Prof. Bovaird-Abbo’s current research project explores the effects of gender and class on depictions of the Arthurian character of Gawain in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Middle English romances, particularly in terms of Gawain’s interactions with women and younger knights, as a reflection of changing values among the English gentry.

Her wider research and teaching interests include linguistics, James Joyce, Victorian poetry, drama, mythology, and medievalism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with her family.

Selected Publications:

  • “Is Geoffrey Chaucer's Tale of Sir Thopas a Rape Narrative? Reading Thopas in light of the 1382 Statute of Rapes.” Quidditas 35 (2014): 7-28.
  • “Neglected yet Noble: Nyneve and Female Heroism in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.” A Quest of Her Own: Essays on the Female Hero in Modern Fantasy. Ed. Lori M. Campbell. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014. 35-54.
  • “Tough Talk or Tough Love: Lynet and the Construction of Feminine Identity in Thomas Malory’s Tale of Sir Gareth.” Arthuriana 24.2 (Summer 2014): 126-157.
  • "'Reirdit on ane riche roche beside ane riveir': Martial Landscape and James IV of Scotland in The Knightly Tale of Golagros and Gawane." Neophilogus 98.4 (October 2014): 675-688.
  • “Alison's Antithesis in The Marriage of Sir Gawain." Medieval Feminist Forum 49.2 (2013): 29–69.
  • “‘he is com of full noble bloode’: The Brotherly Love of Gareth and Gawain in Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.Enarratio 17 (2010): 91-105.