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Jeanne Provost

Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Jeanne Provost teaches and writes on late medieval literature, with a special interest in ecocriticism and animal theory. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College, where she discovered a lasting enthusiasm for liberal arts education. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara under the co-direction of L. O. Aranye Fradenburg and Carol Braun Pasternack. Before coming to Furman, Dr. Provost taught ecocritical approaches to medieval literature as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She joined the Furman English Department and became an affiliate faculty member with the Shi Center for Sustainability in 2011. She is the author of "Sovereign Meat: Reassembling the Hunter King from Medieval Forest Law to The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle" and an essay in process, "How Do You Care for Your Horse? The Wife of Bath, the Living Land, and the Erotic Undoing of Ownership." Her current book project explores diverse representations of human sovereignty over the land in medieval literature and law.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Carleton College