Associate Professor of English
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Iceland; M.F.A., Converse College; Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Christine Schott joined the faculty in 2012 and teaches a wide variety of classes. These include Medieval, World, and Young Adult Literature; Composition and Literature; History of the English Language; and Fiction and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She has received awards for excellence in teaching from Erskine and from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities organization.
Research and Projects
Dr. Schott divides her time between academic and creative projects. Her research interests range from manuscript studies to medieval literature, and the thread running through all her work is the importance of the past to the present: how literature of the past continues to affect us today. In 2023, she published Canon Fanfiction, a book-length study on modern retellings of literary classics. Dr. Schott has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2021. A quirky example of her fiction is available online.
When she’s not teaching, Dr. Schott loves to travel, and she has led multiple trips abroad for Erskine students and alumni. When she’s not teaching or traveling, she can generally be found reading a book with her cat in her lap.
Awards and Honors
- Younts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019
- SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
- Younts Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
- “Canon Fanfiction: Reading, Writing, and Teaching with Adaptations of Premodern and Early Modern Literature.” Medieval Institute Publications, Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, vol. 36, 2023.
- “The House Elf Problem: Why Harry Potter is More Relevant than Ever.” The Midwest Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 2, 2020, pp. 259-73.
- Review of Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts, by Kathryn M. Rudy. Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, vol. 7, no. 1, 2018, pp. 131-34.
- “How to Save Literary Studies.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January 2016 (Web); 8 January 2016 (Print), <http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Save-Literary-Studies/234713>.
- “Notes for Posterity: an owner’s annotation in an early Piers Plowman printing.” Journal of the Early Book Society, vol. 16, 2013, pp. 169-76.
- “The Intimate Reader at Work: Medieval Annotators of Piers Plowman B.” Yearbook of Langland Studies, vol. 26, 2012, pp. 163-86.
- “Bone-house.” Gettysburg Review, vol. 33, no. 1, 2020, pp. 117-35.
- “Home and Bunker Network.” Casino Literary Magazine, August 2020, <http://casinolitmag.com/home-and-bunker-network/>.
- Review of In the Dream House: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado. South85 Journal, Spring/Summer 2020, < http://south85journal.com/issues/spring-summer-2020/in-the-dream-house-a-memoir-by-carmen-maria-machado/>.