Anna Schmidt

MA Candidate


Areas of Interest

I am interested in applying cultural criticism and feminist theory to analyze medieval and Renaissance literature, seeking to understand texts in light of the authors’ social, political, and religious environments. I am particularly interested in medieval women mystics, such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, and their contributions to literature and theology. I am fascinated by the ways in which their writing, both in act and subject matter, subverted patriarchal social and religious norms. Their authoritative theological reflections hold power in a religious tradition that often restricted women from Biblical exegesis and teaching. 


Beyond my academic interests, I am a professional communicator with eight years experience writing for non-profits, post-secondaries, and governments. In my free time, I dabble in creative non-fiction and poetry.

List of Publications

The Globe and Mail - Life in a northern Alberta town is the right life for me