Tory Vandeventer Pearman

Tory PearmanAssociate Professor of English

224 Rentschler 
Hamilton Campus


  • PhD, Loyola University, 2009
  • MA, Purdue University

Teaching Interests

  • First-Year Composition
  • Medieval Literature
  • Women’s Literature
  • Literature and Disability

Research Interests

  • Medieval literature and culture
  • Disability Studies
  • Feminist Theory

Selected Publications


  • Women and Disability in Medieval Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Essay Collections

  • The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe: Examining Disability in the Historical, Legal, Literary, Medical, and Religious Discourses of the Middle Ages. Coeditor and Contributor with Wendy Turner (Edwin Mellen Press, 2011).


  • “Disability, Liminality, and Blood in Thomas Malory’s ‘Quest for the Sangkreal,’” forthcoming in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.
  • “Heterosyncrasy as a Way of Life: Disability and the Heterosyncratic Community in Amis and Amiloun,” New Medieval Literatures 15 (2015).
  • “Blindness, Confession, and Re-membering in Gower’s Confessio,” Accessus: A Journal of Pre-Modern Literature and New Media 1.1 (2013).
  • “Refiguring Disability: Deviance, Blinding, and the Supernatural in Thomas Chestre’s Sir Launfal,” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability 3.2 (2009).
  • “Laying Siege to Female Power: Theseus the ‘Conqueror’ and Hippolita the ‘Asseged’ in ‘The Knight’s Tale,’” Essays in Medieval Studies 22 (2007).

Grants and Awards

  • Humanities Center Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (2015)
  • Miami University Hamilton Research Fund (2016)
  • Committee on Faculty Research Summer Research Appointment (2016)

Work in Progress

Tory Vandeventer Pearman is currently at work on a book-length study of disability and knighthood in Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur.