Julia Dietrich


Contact Information


Julia Dietrich joined the English Department faculty in 1978. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and teaches courses on medieval literature and culture, on Shakespeare, and on literary and rhetorical theory. Her current research is in the theory of argumentation in the Middle Ages.

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: Meet admission requirements of the University of Louisville. Students engage in critical thinking and writing by developing their writing processes and producing finished prose. Required writing consists of multiple drafts of 4-6 papers of varying lengths.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. A survey course of British writers. Historical period: pre 1700.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. A study of selected plays of Shakespeare. Historical period: pre-1700.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 310 or 300 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-313; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-313. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from the beginning through Shakespeare. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: pre-1700.

Educational Background

    M.A., Ph.D. University of Cincinnati

      Teaching Areas

        Medieval literature and culture; Shakespeare; medieval rhetoric; argumentation

          Research Interests

            My research and teaching are in the areas of medieval culture and argumentation. My current research project brings these two interests together in a study of patristic argumentation, specifically the relationship of knowledge and virtue. I regularly teach Composition, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Medieval Culture, and Survey of British Literature

              Select Publications:

              “Boethius’s Reading of the ‘beati Augustini scriptis’ in the Opuscula sacra,” Carmina Philosophiae, 21 (2012), 43-65.

                “Knowledge and Virtue in the Regula Pastoralis of Gregory the Great: The Development of Argumentation for the Late Sixth Century,” forthcoming in the Journal of Late Antiquity in 2015.