Department of English

Medieval Literary Studies

Medieval Literary Studies comprises a variety of approaches to the languages, literatures, and cultures surrounding Old and Middle English.  Our large and diverse faculty members specialize in language, linguistics and prosody (Blockley); pedagogy, classical tradition, rhetorical traditions, classroom curricula, and medieval Latin manuscripts (Woods); medieval romance and the discourses of gender, sexual, racial, and religious difference in the Middle Ages, as well as the literatures and cultures of the crusades, comparative cultures of travel, and the Global Middle Ages (Heng); cartography, geographic cultures, and biography (Birkholz); and the narrative and vernacular manuscript cultures of the late Middle Ages, particularly in relation to Chaucer and his contemporaries (Scala).

Medieval Literary Studies has strong ties to the manuscript and early book collections in the HRC, to other programs across the College and the University, and to various other fields of concentration within the English Department itself.   Our faculty teach cross-listed courses in departments such as Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature, and Classics,  for example, while also offering courses within English through Renaissance Literature, Women, Gender and Literature, and Bibliography and Textual Studies, to name but a few of the department's own fields.  Students can combine interests and research areas in myriad ways in Medieval Literary Studies.


  • Birkholz, Daniel
  • Blockley, Mary E.
  • Heng, Geraldine
  • Scala, Elizabeth
  • Woods, Marjorie Curry
To view the faculty profiles, please visit the Medieval Studies faculty listing.

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