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Ashley Barros

Ph.D. Program
  • LAAH 333
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M.A., Wayland Baptist University, 2015
B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University, 2008


Ashley Barros is a PhD student studying Medieval Storytelling. Her research is influenced by her studies in Literature, Religion, Anthropology, and Cognitive Archaeology. She is currently researching oral tradition and folklore as presented within 12th-14th century frame tale collections across the Medieval World, using concepts from cognitive psychology and postclassical narratology.

Research Interests

  • Global Medieval Studies
  • Medieval Story Telling
  • Oral Tradition & Folklore
  • Cognitive Literary Studies
  • Medievalism in Popular Culture


  • Editorial Assistant for journal, Medieval Perspectives, 2021-present
  • Graduate Assistantship, 2020-present
  • Conference Presentation: “The Reconstruction of Aesop’s Animals in the Middle Ages and Why Talking Animals Still Make Sense Today.” 2023 SEMA Conference. Oct. 2023
  • Conference Presentation: “‘Say the Saints’: The Victorian Invalid Woman’s Narrative Authority as Domestic Saint.” 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies. May 2023.
  • Conference Presentation: “‘The Substance is in Me’: A Cognitive-Affective Reading of the Medieval Frame Narrative.” 22nd Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress, Durham, England. July 2022.
  • Hamlin Hill Essay Prize, Spring 2022
  • Conference Presentation: “A Sampling of Beowulf Fanfiction.” 2022 PCA Conference. April 2022.
  • Conference Presentation: “The Emprynted Narrator: Caxton as Storyteller and Reteller.” 2021 SEMA Conference. Nov. 2021.
  • Conference Presentation: “Framing the Virgin Voice: Narrative Choices in The Life and Death of Dame Gertrude More.” Southwest Conference on Christianity & Literature. Oct. 2021.
  • Conference Presentation: “Storytelling Medievalisms within the Princess Bride: Why We Still Love Inconceivable Authority and the Frame Story Adventure.” 2021 PCA Conference. June 2021.
  • Stanley Archer Award in Renaissance & Early Modern Studies, Spring 2021.


“Framing the Virgin Voice: Narrative Choices in The Life and Death of Dame Gertrude More.” (Summer 2023) Magistra 29.1, pp. 3-27.
“Sample Student Essay: Molly vs. Jack: Passive Violence in the Tale of ‘Molly Whuppie.’” (2022) In Marvels and Wonders: Reading, Researching, and Writing about Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F). Ed. Rich Cooper, Jason Harris, et al. College Station: Texas A&M SF/F OER Committee.
“Sample Student Essay: Freedom and Confinement in the Settings of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” (2021) In Surface and Subtext: Literature, Research, Writing. Pilot Edition. Ed. Kathy Christie Anders, Claire Carly-Miles, et al. College Station: Texas A&M English 203 OER Committee.