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Katharine B. Dubois, Lecturing Fellow

Katharine B. Dubois

A USA Today bestselling novelist of more than twenty historical romance novels as Katharine Ashe, including three included on Amazon's Best Books of the Year lists, I teach part-time at Duke.  My courses explore representations in popular culture of medieval religion, gender and sexuality, as well as the history of the popular romance novel and the romance fiction industry.  As co-convener of the MicroWorlds Lab and host of the UNSUITABLE Speakers Series about women, history and popular fiction, I am delighted to welcome scholars and artists and industry professionals to campus to dialogue with students and Duke community members and to learn from each other.

As a full-time academic until 2007, my research interests included religious belief and practice in medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My dissertation, Strangers and Sojourners: Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome, traced the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's ancient shrines. I remain interested in medieval notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  111 Classroom Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2307
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

These vary according to the semester.
Education:

Ph.D.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor2001
B.A.Duke University1989
Specialties:

Medieval and Early Modern History
Cultural History
Gender
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Research Interests: Saints, sanctity, pilgrimage, penance, Christian religious belief and ritual, gender, charity. Geographical interests: Rome, western Mediterranean.

Current projects: Pilgrimage to Rome, penance and penitential devotion, charity, violence and religious justifications for war

My research interests include religious belief and practice in late-medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My book, Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome (Ashgate Press, forthcoming), traces the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's most ancient shrines. I'm particularly interested in fourteenth and fifteenth-century notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

Areas of Interest:

History of religion, gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages
Social, political and cultural history of the British Empire

Keywords:

medieval • religion • saints • penance • pilgrimage • charity • gender • violence

Bio

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Ashe, K, The Prince A Devil's Duke Novel (May, 2018), pp. 432 pages, Avon, ISBN 0062641743  [abs]
  2. Ashe, K, Border Crossings: The Art of Mixing Genres (September, 2017)
  3. Ashe, K, The Rogue A Devil's Duke Novel (February, 2016), pp. 384 pages, Avon, ISBN 0062412736  [abs]
  4. Ashe, K, Again, My Lord (September, 2015), pp. 342 pages, ISBN 099164123X  [abs]
  5. Ashe, K, I Loved a Rogue The Prince Catchers (February, 2015), pp. 384 pages, Avon, ISBN 0062229850  [abs]


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