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Elizabeth Scala

Associate ProfessorPh.D., 1994, Harvard University

Elizabeth Scala



Elizabeth Scala writes and teaches about Chaucer, the history of Chaucer studies, and the textual environments of medieval literature. Her recent essays focus on the circulation of desire in the Canterbury Tales; the phallic jokes in the General Prologue and modern historicist criticism; illustrations of the Canterbury pilgrims in manuscript and modern books; and the masculine bias of historicism and medieval studies. She has published The Post-Historical Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), a collection of essays co-edited with Sylvia Federico, to which she contributed "The Gender of Historicism." Her new book on the Canterbury Tales has been published by Ohio State University Press.


She is one of the editors of the award-winning journal Exemplaria: Medieval / Early Modern / Theory.


Recent Publications:

Desire in the Canterbury Tales, Ohio State University Press, 2015.

"Yeoman Services:  The Knight, His Critics, and the Pleasures of Historicism," Chaucer Review 45.2 (2010):194-221

"Seeing Red:  The Ellesmere Iconography of Chaucer's Nun's Priest," Word & Image 26.4 (2010): 381-92.

"The Gender of Historicism" in The Post-Historical Middle Ages  (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 191-214.

"Desire in the Canterbury Tales:  Sovereignty and Mastery Between the Wife and Clerk," Studies in the Age of Chaucer31 (2009): 81-108.

"The Women in Chaucer's Marriage Group," Medieval Feminist Forum 45.1 (2009): 50-56.


Current Project in Process:

Shakespeare's Chaucer Book

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