Lydia Yaitsky Kertz received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies. Her research traces the cultural reception of romance in late medieval England, paying particular attention to the formal and aesthetic aspects of the genre. Her recent essays have appeared in Word & Image and the Journal of the Early Book Society, and Medieval Perspectives. Her book project, Politics of Luxury: Experiencing Medieval Romance, investigates political and gendered uses of luxury in romance literature and narrative art objects.
At Geneseo, Dr. Kertz teaches Humanities surveys and English seminars in early literature such as The Global Middle Ages, Medieval Romance and Its Afterlives, and The Literature of the Crusades.