Holly Barbaccia



  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., College of William and Mary


  • English Composition I and II
  • British Literature Survey I and II
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval Literature
  • Epic Poetry
  • Women and Writing
  • Comparative Literature
  • World Literature to 1650
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies

Research Interests:

  • Medieval and renaissance literature
  • Lyric poetry
  • Women and writing
  • Popular culture

Service and Involvement:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisor
  • Student Women and Gender Society Faculty Advisor
  • Faculty Committee

Awards and Information:

Dr. Barbaccia joined the faculty in 2005. Since 2007, she has directed the interdisciplinary minor program in Women’s Studies; she also directs the new program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She has published papers on early modern English-women’s lyric poetry, on John Gower’s Anglo-French erotic balade sequence, and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She gave the McCandless lecture (on Gower’s Cinkante Balades) at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, in 2011.┬á She lives in Lexington with her husband, their two-year-old son, and two cats.


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