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Ellis Light

Lecturer in Literature

Ellis Light is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, researching embodiment in medieval religious literature. They hold an MA in English from Fordham University and a BA in Literary Studies from Eugene Lang College (The New School). Light’s scholarly interests include late medieval and early modern literature, literary and cultural theory, gender and sexuality, identity and community, and mysticism.

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Their dissertation is about the connections between bodily fluids—such as blood, tears, sweat, milk, and urine—and forms of community in late medieval devotional literature. Light’s work reexamines the body within late medieval mystical, penitential, and dramatic literature, adding to ongoing conversations within medieval studies about bodily politics, identity, otherness, and theories of community, while also presenting a new thesis: that bodily fluids, especially in devotional literature, create a fluid poetics and material model for communities, generating new structural and formal possibilities for encountering others.