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Eloise Grathwohl

Professor of English

110 Joyner Hall

(919) 760-8358


When I discovered medieval English literature, I knew I had found my intellectual home, and at Meredith I have found my professional home as well. It is a tremendous privilege to work with curious students and creative faculty and staff, supporting one another as we explore ideas and cultures from our various personal and academic perspectives.  I’m grateful for the challenges and rewards of working with our community to create campus-wide events and experiential opportunities that energize us all.  And every day, whether exchanging ideas about a paper in the office, making connections between contemporary issues and the literature we are reading, or weighing ideas for internships or careers, I find my deepest satisfaction in personal exchanges with my students.

Academic Credentials

PhD, MA, and BA  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


“Halldór Laxness’ Under the Glacier: The Urgency of St. Francis’ Legacy.” The World of St. Francis Conference.  Siena, Italy, July 2015.
“Hidden Mediations: Iceland’s Elves, Stewardship, and the Commodification of Nature.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment biennial conference, Moscow, ID, June 2015.
“The Significance of Travel in Laxdaela Saga.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Durham, NC, November 2012.
“Critical Thinking through Writing.”  Stone Soup Conference.  Meredith College, May 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 Association., Raleigh, NC, 1990.


My principal research and teaching areas are in medieval, Icelandic, and environmental literature.


Environmental Sustainability Initiative grant, Spring 2014
Mary Lynch Johnson Professorship in English, 2009-13
Pauline Davis Perry Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
Faculty Development grant, 2007
Mary Lynch Johnson Professorship in English, 2001-03
Laura Harrill Presidential Award for work directing Meredith Honors Program, 1999


“Old English in the Twenty-First Century Classroom.”  Emphasis 5.2, May 1996.
“Early Medieval Art.” Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library Newsletter.  Spring 1995.
“The Leaner.” The Acorn.  Spring 1995.
“And Gladly Wolde She Lerne, and Gladly Teche.” Meredith Magazine.  Fall 1993.

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