Mary Helen Gallucci-Wright

Mary Helen Gallucci-Wright


Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Hagiography as literature, development of hagiographic tradition, Irish hagiography, early monasticism and its saints, animals in monastic thought, peregrinatio pro Christi, imagining the desert.


Master of Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame ('16); Master of Arts in Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University ('14); Bachelor of Music Education at Northwestern University ('11)


I'm interested in the relationship between early Irish monastic literature and that of its corollary traditions, particularly in the Middle East and particularly as represented in hagiography. I've chosen a study of Saints' interactions with animals to focus and facilitate this analysis; the Irish have marvelous Saints and their Saints have marvelous animals! I'm also generally interested in the nuances of hagiographic translation and rewriting, and the different values portrayed by their writers through these processes.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • 2015 International Medieval Congress Bursary Award, University of Leeds
  • 2015 Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Professional Development Award, University of Notre Dame
  • “Amending the Ascetic: Community and Character in the Old English Life of Mary of Egypt.” Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 8 (2014): 31-42.
  • 2016 “The Irish Mary of Egypt: A Wild Adaptation,” American Conference for Irish Studies (Notre Dame, IN), March 30 – April 3.
  • Spring 2014 Heroes and Villains of the Middle Ages (Instructor of Record, Western Michigan University)