Henry A. Kelly

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Henry Ansgar Kelly (born June 6, 1934 in Fonda, Iowa)[1] is distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kelly received his A.B. in Classics from St. Louis University in 1959 and two years later his A.M in English Literature and Ph.L. in Philosophy from the same university. He entered Harvard University in 1961, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965. During his time at Harvard Kelly was selected as a Junior Fellow by the Harvard Society of Fellows. From 1964 to 1966, Kelly took courses at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry as a Jesuit Scholastic.[1]

Kelly was a Resident Scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 1966. The following year, Kelly became Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969 and to Professor in 1972. From 1980 to 1981 Kelly was Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. He was Distinguished Professor at UCLA from 1986 to 2004, and Emerit Distinguished Professor from 2004 to 2012. Since then he has been Distinguished Professor of English.[1]

Kelly's research interests include medieval and Renaissance literature and history, Biblical studies, and Ecclesiastical history and theology.

Kelly has received several awards and honors in his career. He was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1971–72), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1980–81; 1996–97), the Del Amo Andowment (1986), and the Medieval Academy of America (1986–). He served as vice-president of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (1986–88) and president of the Medieval Academy of America (1988–90). He was the recipient of a UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities (1996–97) and director of the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. In 2009 he received the UCLA Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Divine Providence in the England of Shakespeare's Histories. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, l970.
  • Love and Marriage in the Age of Chaucer. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, l975.
  • The Devil at Baptism: Ritual, Theology, and Drama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, l985.
  • Ideas and Forms of Tragedy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Studies in Medieval Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Satan: A Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • "Consciousness in the Monologues of Ulysses," Modern Language Quarterly 24 (l963) 3-l2.
  • "Kinship, Incest, and the Dictates of Law," American Journal of Jurisprudence 14 (1969) 69-78.
  • "English Kings and the Fear of Sorcery," Mediaeval Studies 39 (1977) 206-238.
  • "Pronouncing Latin Words in English," Classical World 80 (1986–87) 33-37.
  • "Satan the Old Enemy: A Cosmic J. Edgar Hoover," Journal of American Folklore 103 (1990) 77-84
  • "A Neo-Revisionist Look at Chaucer's Nuns," Chaucer Review 31 (1996–97) 116-36.
  • "Thomas More on Inquisitorial Due Process," English Historical Review, 123 (2008) 847-94.
  • "Vance Ramsey on Manly-Rickert," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 32 (2010) 327-35.


  1. ^ a b c "Kelly, Henry Ansgar (Andy)". UCLA Department of English. Retrieved December 9, 2014.

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