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Luisa Nardini, Director MBE 3.602, Mailcode E3100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-2069

Elizabeth Scala

Associate Professor Ph.D., 1994, Harvard University

Elizabeth Scala

Biography

Elizabeth Scala writes and teaches about Chaucer, the history of Chaucer studies, and the textual environments of medieval literature. Her newest 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.  Most recently, she has published The Post-Historical Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), a collection of essays co-edited with Sylvia Federico.

 

She is one of the new editors of the journal Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Her Recent Publications:

"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.

"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.

Interests

Medieval Studies, Bibliography and Textual Studies, Literary Theory, Women, Gender and Literature
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