Berkeley English Graduate Students

Bernardo S. Hinojosa

Bernardo S. Hinojosa

Townsend Center Fellow, 2021-22

By Appointment.

Professional Statement

I am a PhD candidate in English and Medieval Studies at UC Berkeley, where I study premodern literature and thought from classical antiquity to the early modern period, although with particular emphasis on the high and late Middle Ages (ca. 1200-1550). At the intersection of intellectual history and literary criticism, my research examines literary composition as an epistemic practice that intersects with other modes of inquiry and knowledge production, especially science, philosophy, and theology. Increasingly, I also think and write about premodern ecological and materialist thought, as well as the fraught representation of Jews and Jewish history in medieval theology and literature.

My dissertation, “Literature and Experiment in Medieval England, 1200-1500,” shows how literary practice and empiricist inquiry motivated and shaped each other in high medieval natural philosophy and later vernacular poetry, drama, and prose. I am also completing or have recently completed essays on the “modernity” of medieval allegory; Chaucer’s Canon's Yeoman's Tale and the New Materialism; and fifteenth-century scribal techniques and aesthetic response.

Third-person pronouns: he/him.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"The Shapes of the Speculum Christiani: Scribal Technique and Literary Aesthetics in Fifteenth-Century England." Forthcoming in New Medieval Literatures 23 (2023).

"Why Medieval Allegory?" review essay of Katharine Breen, Machines of the Mind: Personification in Medieval Literature and Nicolette Zeeman, The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and "Piers Plowman." Qui Parle 30, no.2 (2021): 421-38.

Invited Talks

"The Etymologiae in Late Medieval England: Time, History, and the Phenomenology of the Codex." Muilenburg-Koenig History of Religion Workshop. San Francisco Theological Seminary. April 2019.

Selected Conference Presentations

"Chaucer's Database: Poetry and Information in the House of Fame." Modern Language Association. San Francisco, CA. January 2023.

"Medea's Metamorphoses: Ovid, Gower, and the Poetics of Matter." 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2022.

"How to Read an Algorithm: Literary Criticism and Digital Literacies in the Humanities Classroom," 7th Digital Pedagogy Institute. University of Waterloo & Ryerson University, virtual conference. August 2021.

"Langland, Auerbach, and the Materiality of Jewish History." Invited roundtable presentation on "New Work in Piers Plowman." International Piers Plowman Society Virtual Expo. May 2021.

“Alchemical Porosity.” Modern Languge Association. Seattle, Washington. January 2020.

"Codicology as Imaginative Practice." Roundtable presentation on "Critical Bibliography." 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2019.

"Eucharistic Experimentalism and the Middle English Lyric." 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2019. Berkeley Medieval Studies Graduate Prize.

"Augustine, Isidore, Langland, and the Shapes of History." International Piers Plowman Society. University of Miami. April 2019.

"Langland's Encyclopedic Forms." 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2018.

English Department Classes