Larry Scanlon
Associate Professor of English


Gender & Sexuality, Medieval

Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature; Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality

Professor Scanlon is the author of Narrative, Authority, and Power: The Medieval Exemplum and the Chaucerian Tradition (1994), co-editor of John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture, and Lancastrian England (with James Simpson, 2005), and has published a number of essays on medieval literature. He is currently working on a theoretical investigation of the largely unacknowledged role Christianity has played in shaping 20th-century notions of gender and sexuality. Its tentative title is The Long Shadow of the Patriarchs: Sodomy and Incest in Medieval Writing and Postmodern Theory.

Office / Office Hours

36 Union Street, Room 103, College Ave Campus


  • "Personification and Penance” 
    Yearbook of Langland Studies
     22, 2008
  • "Burchard of Worms" 
    The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2007)
  • "Langland, Apocalypse, and the Early Modern Editor" 
    Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England
  • "Cultural Studies and Carnal Speech: The Long, Profane Shadow of the Fabliau" 
    Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight (2006)
  • "Lydgate’s Poetics: Laureation and Domesticity in The Temple of Glass" 
    John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture and Lancastrian England
  • "Introduction" 
    Co-authored with James Simpson. John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture and Lancastrian England (2006)
  • "King, Commons, and Kind Wit: Langland’s National Vision" 
    Imagining a Medieval English Nation (2004)
  • "Poets Laureate and the Language of Slaves: Petrarch, Chaucer and Langston Hughes" 
    Vernacularity: The Politics of Language and Style Somerset and Nicholas Watson
  • "What's the Pope Got to Do With It?: Forgery and Desire in the Clerk's Tale
    New Medieval Literatures IX, 2003
  • "News from Heaven: Vernacular Time in Langston Hughes’s Ask Your Mama
    Callaloo 25.1, 2002
  • "Return of the Repressed: The Sequel" 
    Queering the Middle Ages/Historicizing Postmodernity

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Literary Study
  • British Literature from the Middle Ages to 1800
  • Chaucer
  • History of Literary Theory II
  • Literature of Dissent
  • Marxist Literary Theory
  • Seminar: Chaucer
  • Seminar: Discourses of Medieval Sexuality
  • Seminar: English Literature 1400-1550
  • Seminar: The Canterbury Tales
  • Cultures of the Middle Ages: Medieval Discourses of Sexuality
  • English Literature and Culture: Piers Plowman and the Literature of Dissent
  • Introduction to Advanced Research
  • Literature and History: The Culture of dissent in England 1350-1450
  • Literature and Society: The Culture Wars
  • Medieval America
  • Medieval Arts of Love
  • Medieval to Early Modern:  British Literature, 1400-1550
  • Narrative Theory
  • Studies in Medieval Literature: Allegory & Epic
  • Texts and Critical Issues in Medieval Literature: Text and Taboo

Awards and Affiliations

  • Runner-Up, Phoenix Award for most improved journal for editing Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 1997-2002
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Newberry Library, 1994
  • Advisory Board, Series in Medieval Literature, 2006-
  • Section Editor, Medieval (with Elaine Treharne), 2005-
  • Director, Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers University, 2005-


PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Brandeis University