Virginia Blanton (she/her)

Virginia  Blanton (she/her)
Curators' Distinguished Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cockefair Hall 219
English; Book History; Manuscripts; Nuns; Literacies; Digital and Public Humanities


Dr. Virginia Blanton is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English. Her research focuses on representations of female saints in the religious culture of medieval England and on medieval women and their relationship with books, as writers, readers, patrons, and book owners. Dr. Blanton is author and editor of the three-volume series Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe (2013-2017) and an award-winning monograph, Signs of Devotion: The Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Medieval England, 695-1615 (2007). She is a founding member of the multidisciplinary NEH-funded team, CODICES, which conducts optical, chemical, and computational analyses of manuscripts and early printed books. She is also affiliate faculty with UMKC's Center for Digital and Public Humanities. Dr. Blanton leads an international digital humanities initiative, Cantorales in the Americas and Beyond, which is to catalogue choir books made in Spain between 1200-1800 that are now in other parts of the world. This research team includes musicologists, archivists, book historians, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies, Binghamton University


The Arthurian legend, medieval women, and book history


  • Signs of Devotion: The Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Medieval England, 695-1615. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007.
  • Intertexts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture Presented to Paul E. Szarmach. Brepols, 2008.
  • Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue. Brepols, 2013.
  • Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue. Brepols, 2015.
  • Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Antwerp Dialogue. Brepols, 2017.