Old & Middle English

Faculty List

Ethan Knapp, Area Convenor

With nationally-recognized strength in the study of medieval literature, language, and culture, our department offers students a rich variety of courses and many opportunities for interdisciplinary work.

Our PhD students work on dissertations in an astonishing variety of areas including (recently) the theopolitics of Christ’s sacrifice; the Robin Hood tradition; medieval marriage and its postcolonial implications; Richard Rolle and language theory; Wycliffitism in its Anglo-Bohemian contexts; women writers and academic knowledge; secrecy and subjectivity in late medieval secular texts; Lydgate and the limitations of poetic truth; the ecology of war; relics and relic custodians; and the manuscript contexts of romances.

Key Courses

Undergraduate courses:
ENG 4513: Introduction to Medieval Literature
ENG 4514: Middle English Literature
ENG 4515: Chaucer
ENG 4590.01H: The Middle Ages

Undergraduate and Graduate courses:
ENG 5710: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature

Graduate courses:
ENG 6713: Introduction to Middle English Language
ENG 6716: Introduction to Graduate Study in the Middle Ages
ENG 6718: Introduction to Graduate Study in Chaucer
ENG 7817: Seminar in Early Medieval Literature
ENG 7818: Seminar in Later Medieval Literature

Student Groups & Reading Groups

Medieval faculty and graduate students meet regularly for the Medieval Reading Group, a session devoted to discussion of a primary or secondary work in medieval studies. The Works-in-Progress Group meets when faculty members or students would like to share their ongoing research. Every other year, there is also a Graduate Workshop with a visiting medievalist.

In addition to the regularly-scheduled courses, lectures, and group work sponsored by the Department, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies hosts speakers, symposia, and colloquia that enrich all of our intellectual and social lives.