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Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profile

Larry Scanlon
Associate Professor of English

36 Union Street | Room 103
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: W 12-1pm

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 tile is The Long Shadow of the Patriarchs: Sodomy and Incest in Medieval Writing and Postmodern Theory.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Brandeis University

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


Narrative, Authority, and Power: The Medieval Exemplum and the  Chaucerian Tradition

John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture and Lancastrian England

Other Publications
    • "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
      Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate 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 Distinctions Professional Memberships 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-
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