Patricia Stoop (°1974) is teaching Historical Dutch Literature in the Department of Literature at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She held the prestigious Visiting Brueghel Chair in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania (2014 and 2018) and she was an assistant professor of Medieval Dutch Literature at the University of Utrecht (2015–16). She holds a propedeutic degree in Greek and Latin (Nijmegen, 1993), and a doctoral degree in Dutch Literature and Languages (Nijmegen, 1997). She received her PhD in Literature at the Universiteit Antwerpen (2009). Her published dissertation Schrijven in commissie. De zusters uit het Brusselse klooster Jericho en de preken van hun biechtvaders (ca. 1456–1510) involved the study of the fifteenth-century vernacular convent sermons from the Brussels convent of Jericho and their literary and historical context.
As a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) she studied female authorship and authority in late medieval and early modern vernacular sermons from the Low Countries (2010–13). Additionally, she is one of the initiators of the international and interdisciplinary project Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe (in collaboration with Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Veronica O’Mara, University of Hull. The three edited volumes have been published by Brepols publishers (2013, 2015, and 2017).
She has been teaching on several topics in the field of medieval and early modern culture and literature. Her main areas of interest include: women writers, female authorship, literacy and learning, participation by women in the intellectual, religious, cultural and literary field of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, intellectual networks, memoria (both as a rhetorical tool and as an instrument for the commemoration of the dead), commercial book production, and sermon studies.