Professor of English
Areas of Expertise
Areas of expertise/research interests
• Medieval literature
• Environmental literature
• Icelandic literature
Dr. Grathwohl earned her BA, MA, and PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching composition, British literature, Old English, and History of the English Language at Meredith, she has especially enjoyed leading study abroad groups to London and Iceland. She was Head of the Department of English from 2001-2005 and Director of Writing from 2005-2013, and she has served the college as director of the Honors Program and as chair of the Tenure Committee and Faculty Council. When she is not teaching, she enjoys pottery, gardening, yoga, playing the mountain dulcimer, and walking her dog by the neighborhood creek.
Most recent degree PhD in English, UNC-Chapel Hill
Earlier degree(s) MA and BA in English, UNC-Chapel Hill
Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English, Meredith College, 2001-3 and 2009-13
Pauline Davis Perry Award for Excellence in Teaching, Meredith College, 2008
Laura Harrill Presidential Award, Meredith College, 1999
Joseph Breen Fellowship for graduate work in Medieval Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
BA with Highest Honors, UNC-Chapel Hill
Whitfield Prize for outstanding undergraduate honors thesis in English, UNC-Chapel Hill
Phi Beta Kappa
“The Travels of Isabella Byrd.” Continuing Education Class, Meredith College Department of English. Meredith College, March 2013.
“The Significance of Travel in Laxdaela Saga.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, NC, November 2012.
“The Glacier Stands Open.” Faculty Distinguished Lecture. Meredith College, January 2011.
“Taoism and Christianity in Halldor Laxness’s Under the Glacier.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta Georgia, November 2010.
“Meredith’s Freshman Writing Test: A Study of Correlations between Grammar Performance and Course Grades.” Co-presented with Robin Colby. South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2009.
“Meredith’s Freshman English Test: A Commitment to Competency.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Louisville, Kentucky, November 2008.
“To What End Pilgrimage: Beginnings and Endings in Chaucer, Langland, and the Old French Voies,” Southeastern Medieval Association, Oxford Mississippi, October 2006.
Chaired Session, “BBC Versions of Chaucer,” Southeastern Medieval Association, Daytona Beach, Florida, October 2005
Panel discussion, “Breakfast with Chaucer,” Southeastern Medieval Association, Daytona Beach, Florida, October 2005
Chaired Session, “Chaucer.” SAMLA, Charleston, SC, November 1996.
"An Old French Analogue to Langland's Piers Plowman." Philological Association of the
Carolinas, March 1995.
"Old English in the Undergraduate Classroom." College English Association, April 1995.
"Feminine Personifications in Piers Plowman and Lesser-Known Allegories in Old French."
Philological Association of the Carolinas, March 1994.
Panel discussion: "Teaching at a Small Private College." Duke University, April 1992.
Chaired session: "Middle English Literature." Southeastern Medieval Ass., Raleigh, NC, 1990.
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