History : History Department Faculty

Katherine Allocco

Warner Hall 215
Office Phone: 837-8482
Email: alloccok@wcsu.edu


PhD.  University of Texas at Austin, 2004
MA.   University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1997
BA.    Oberlin College, 1993

Teaching Interests:

Medieval Britain
Medieval and Early Modern Women
Women’s Studies

Dr. Allocco is chair of the Women’s Studies Program.

Research Interests and Publications:

Dr. Allocco’s research specializes in issues of gender, power and authority in late medieval England and France. Currently, Dr. Allocco explores these topics through studying medieval women, particularly queens and warriors, in medieval books and art, and also in modern sources, such as comic books and film. Her interest in these topics began with her studies of 13th and 14th century England and France. Her dissertation, “Intercessor, Rebel, Regent: The Political Life of Isabella of France (1292/6-1358)” is a political analysis of the avenues that royal women had to public power and how they were able to use that power during the extraordinary circumstances of the reign of Edward II of England. Dr. Allocco’s dissertation is an unpublished document. Any version available online or elsewhere is unauthorized and has been distributed and obtained without the author’s knowledge or consent. Her first publishing project will examine medieval queenship and women’s studies.


“The Symbiosis of Norse and Medieval Christian Eschatology in DC Vertigo’s Lucifer series” in Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts. Barbara Bordman and Jim Doan, eds. Rowman, Littlefield, Brown (forthcoming)

Could Guinevere ever be a Superhero? Depictions of a Warrior Queen in Camelot 3000 (1982- 1985)” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comic Books (March 9, 2017) DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2017.1299022

A Poisoned Past Book Review Assignment: Reading and Writing Academic Book Reviews as an Effective Pedagogical Tool” co-authored with WCSU students Jessie Britton, Amanda O’Boy and Andrew Vince New England Journal of History 73:1 (Fall 2016), 116-131

“Monstrous Morgana: Arthurian Women as Unnatural Amazons in Madame Xanadu (2008-  2010)” Arthuriana 26:3 (Fall 2016), 119-142.

“’Representations of Masculinity: Where are all the Naked Men?’ Art Exhibit at MAC650 Gallery Review” New England Popular Culture Association Review, November 14, 2015

https://nepca.wordpress.com/2015/ 11/14/representations-of-masculinity-exhibit-review/

 “Reginal Intercession and the Case of Cristina, convicted murderer” Medieval Feminist Forum   51:1 (November 2015),  41-72.

“Costumes, Bodies and Gender in The Queen’s Company 2004 Production of Edward II Marlowe Studies: An Annual 3 (July 2013), 1-23.

“Vampiric Viragoes: Villainizing and Sexualizing Arthurian Women in King Arthur v. Dracula (2005)” in The Universal Vampire. Barbara Bordman and Jim Doan, eds.. Rowman, Littlefield, Brown, 2013, 149-163.

“Elfquest”in Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner, eds.. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012, 295-300.