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.
||Areas of Specialization
|PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MA, Johns Hopkins University
BA, Brandeis University
Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature; Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality
- "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 (2007)
- "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 (2006)
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 (2003)
- "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 (2000)
|Undergraduate Courses Taught
||Graduate Courses Taught
- Principles of Literary Study
- British Literature from the Middle Ages to 1800
- 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-