Lesley Kordecki received her MA and PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and is Professor of English at DePaul University. A recipient of DePaul Universitys Excellence in Teaching Award, she is a former Director of the MA in English at DePaul and served as chair of English at Barat College in Lake Forest for over 20 years.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in medieval literature, poetry, Shakespeare, myth, and literary theory. Her current research interests are in the interaction of feminism, ecofeminism, and animal studies in literary texts. She worked as dramaturge for the Shakespeare on the Green productions in Lake Forest, IL for seven years and co-authored with Karla Koskinen Re-Visioning Lears Daughters: Testing Feminist Criticism and Theory (Palgrave Macmillan 2010) as a result of that collaboration. She has an upcoming book on Chaucer and animal subjectivity, Ecofeminist Subjectivities: Chaucers Talking Birds, in the New Middle Ages series of Palgrave (2011). She is currently working on a book on feminist performance of Shakespeares Henry VI, Part I and Macbeth. She has also published essays in medieval literature, most recently in Exemplaria, The Chaucer Review, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.