Dr. [Mia Schilling] Grogan is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of Chestnut Hill College’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program. She teaches first-year writing courses and the Liberal Arts Discovery Seminar, as well as courses related to her primary field of research, medieval literature. She writes and presents about medieval hagiography and women’s spiritual writing. She is also a poet, regularly publishing her translations, poetry reviews, and poems.
Ph.D., Medieval Literature, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 2012
M.A., 18th and 19th Century British Literature, Fordham University, 1988
B.A., English Literature, Georgetown University, 1984
- Essay Writing
- College Writing (Research)
- Introduction to Literature
- Fantastic Worlds of British Literature: Camelot to Hogwarts
- Material Imagination: Medieval Literature and Art (800-1500)
- Foundations in the Liberal Arts
- Survey of British Literature I
- Eighteenth-Century British Literature
- British Poetry
- Medieval Literature
- Religion and Literature
- Women's Spiritual Writing
- Literacy Studies
“Lectio Divina Performed: Monastic Reading Practices Enacted in the Prayers of Saint Margaret of Antioch,” The American Benedictine Review, December 2019.
"Baptisms by Blood, Fire, and Water: A Typological Re-reading Passio S. Margaretae," Traditio, (72) 2017.
"The Book of Nunnaminster," Introduction and Selected Translations from the Latin, in The Benedictine Reader, Cistercian Publications, 2019.
Praying with The Book of Nunnaminster: Healing the Soul and Increasing the Body of Christ," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History, 2014.
Review of Chaucer's Afterlife Adaptations in Recent Popular Culture by Kathleen Forni in Arthuriana, Winter 2013.
Recent Poetry Publications
Three Anglo-Latin Prayers from the Book of Nunnaminster: “Nourishment,” “Appearance,” “Conversion,” poems, First Things, forthcoming.
“Scapular for a City,” poems, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, 2018.
Poetry Book Reviews
After So Many Fires by Jeremiah Webster for Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, 2018.
What Will Soon Take Place by Tania Runyan for Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, 2019.
“The Apologetics of 19th Century Devotion to the Medieval Legend of Loreto,” 54th
Medieval Congress of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo,
MI, May, 2019.
“Saints’ Lives in Context: Hagiographic Study in K-12 Classrooms,” The Medieval
Academy of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 2019.
“The Aesthetics of Personal Prayer and the Fashioning of the Self in The Book of
Nunnaminster,” The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University,
“Shakespeare, English, and Communications: What’s in a Major?”
Sigma Tau Delta and Lambda Pi Eta Honors Societies Induction Ceremony, Chestnut Hill College, April 2018.
“The Maiden, the Dragon, and the Medieval Mystery of St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin Patroness of Childbirth,” Chestnut Hill College Faculty Colloquia, March 2018.
“Potter Across the Ages,” invited panelist, Chestnut Hill College Harry Potter Conference, October 2018.
“‘I Open at the Close’ Epigraphs, Epilogues, Chronology and Community in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Harry Potter Conference, Chestnut Hill College, October 2017.
"The Book of Nunnaminster and the Body of Christ: Reading Alone and Praying Towards Communion," 2016 Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Boston, February 26, 2016
"Lectio divina Performed: The Prayers of Margaret of Antioch in the Mombritius Passio Sanctae Margaeretae," 2015 Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 17, 2015
"Praying with the Book of Nunnaminster: Healing the Soul and Increasing the Body of Christ Within One Benedictine Convent," 2014 Medieval Congress of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9, 2014
“Cynewulf’s Elene: Constantine’s Incomplete Christian Hermeneutics and Jewish Textual Traditions,” 2012 Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 26, 2012
“Blood, Fire, and Water: ‘Types' of Baptism in the Passion of St. Margaret,” 2012 Colloquium of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium in Medieval Studies, Princeton Club, April 20, 2012
“Lore of the Mother, Learning of the Queen: Chaucer’s Mary and the Mastery of Language,” MLA Conference, Washington, D.C., December 1996