Arielle McKee

Arielle McKee

Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D., Purdue University 

M.A., Purdue University 

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin 


My primary research focuses on the depiction of fairy-wrought chaos—and its disruption of human structures and systems—in premodern romances, such as Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Launfal, and more. Additional research and teaching interests include late-medieval and early modern literature, ecocriticism, medievalisms, gender and sexuality studies, world mythology and folklore, young adult literature, and composition, among others. In addition, I worked as an editorial assistant for the academic journal, Arthuriana (Fall 2016 – Summer 2018), and as a marketing assistant for the City of Lafayette’s Department of Parks and Recreation. 


Books and Edited Collections 

Vikings, Knights, Elves, and Ogres: Essays in Honor of Shaun F.D. Hughes. Eds. Eric Carlson, Dorsey Armstrong, and Arielle McKee. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, Forthcoming. 

Approaches to Teaching the Arthurian Tradition. Eds. Dorsey Armstrong and Arielle McKee. The Modern Language Association of America, In Progress. 

Journal Articles:  

McKee, Arielle C. “Petrine Failings and Broken Pentangles: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s Chivalric Felix Culpa.” In Progress. 

McKee, Arielle C. “Immanence Front: Transgression, Cosmic Redemption, and Fairy Movers in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Under Consideration. 

McKee, Arielle C. and Saba Pirzadeh. “Arthurian Eco-conquestin Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Laȝamon.” Parergon 34.1 (2017): 1-24.

– Reprinted in: Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism: Wace. Ed. Jean Blacker, Gale/Cengage Learning, 2020.

McKee, Arielle C. “The Kind of Tale Everybody Thneeds?: Ecocriticism, Class, and the Filmic Lorax.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.1 (2015): 39-57. 

Recent Presentations 

2022 | “Medieval Anachronisms, Modern Medievalisms, and Questioning Temporal Boundaries in the Classroom.” International Medieval Congress. Gatekeeping the Middle Ages: Accessing, Controlling, and Disseminating the Medieval Past in a Modern World (Round Table). July 4, 2022. Leeds, UK. Academic Conference. 

2021 | “Fairy Family Affairs: Fathers and Sons in Sir Degaré and Yonec.” SouthEastern Medieval Association (SEMA): Medieval Passions and Proclivities. November 11-13, 2021. Spartanburg, SC. Academic Conference. 

2021 | “‘Do you know who my father is?!’: Gendered Imperialism and the Exceptional Parent Excuse in Sir Degaré.” 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies. ICLS-NAB Sponsored-Session. May 10-15, 2021. Kalamazoo, MI. Academic Conference. 

2021 | “The Fairy King’s Miscellany: Re-positioning Body and Text in Sir Orfeo’s Otherworld.” The 46th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. April 9-10, 2021. Sewanee, TN. Academic Conference.