Mary Jane Schenck
Education1966 Eckerd College, B.A.
1968 University of North Carolina, M.A.
1973 Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D
Courses TaughtWorld Literature
Classical and Medieval Literature
West African and South African Literature
Career SpecialtiesDr. Schenck specializes in world literature (especially medieval French and Modern African), literary theory and composition.
Professional and Community Activities:She has published three books: The Fabliaux: Tales of Wit and Deception (Purdue University) about medieval French short narratives; Read, Write, Revise (St. Martin's), a composition textbook for ESL students; and is co-author of Echoes of the Epic: Studies in Honor of G.J. Brault (Summa), a collection of essays on the romance epic.
She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Benin in Togo and to the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa; has written articles on Old French literature as well as on modern women writers; lectures and published on the stained glass at Chartres; and is completing a book on medieval customary law and literary trial scenes.
Honors and AwardsNEH Summer Seminars, Fellowship to School of Criticism and Theory, Louise Loy Hunter Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, numerous Dana and Delo research grants, and MacArthur Distinguished Alumni Award (Eckerd).