Department of English (PhD)
Chaucer, Mallory, aesthetics
Gina is a PhD candidate in the department of English where she specializes in medieval literature with emphasis on Chaucer, aesthetics, gender and sexuality, and critical theory. She received her BA in English and Spanish from Washington & Jefferson College and her MA in English from Georgetown University. She has presented work on topics including medieval prostitution, the rhetoric of abortion in medieval Ireland, Adorno and Chaucer, Thomas Malory, and women and generosity. Her dissertation, “Diseased Texts: Formosa Deformitas and Middle English Literature,” develops a theory of medieval aesthetics that addresses the intersection of art, ideology, and negative affects (especially dread, horror, boredom, and disgust) in late medieval texts like The Canterbury Tales and Le Morte D'Arthur. Gina’s secondary research interest is in the horror film and “unwatchable”/extreme cinema, including the work of Gaspar Noé, Takashi Miike, Lars Von Trier, and, most recently, Jörg Buttgereit.