J. Clare Woods is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University. Her research interests center on Carolingian literature and culture. In addition to her work on homiletics, she participates in the Festus Lexicon Project chiefly on Paul the Deacon’s epitome, and is also interested in the Carolingian cult of Mary. Her most recent project looks at intellectual networks, teacher-student relationships, and the culture of gift-giving. In recent years, through teaching involving digital games and virtual reality, and through a working group, Experiencing Virtual Worlds, sponsored by Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, she has also begun to explore ways in which the pre-modern is represented in new media.