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  • Sarah Elliott Novacich
  • Associate Director of Graduate Studies
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Unit: Graduate Office
  • sen38@rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 017, College Ave Campus
  • Office Hours:

    By appointment

  • Primary Areas of Specialization: Medieval poetry and poetics, gender studies, drama and performance
  • Field of Interest: Drama & Performance Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Medieval, Poetry & Poetics
  • About:

    Professor Novacich specializes in medieval literature. Her research interests include poetry and poetics, drama and performance cultures, gender studies, archival theory, visual culture, fiction, and travel literature. She has essays on these subjects in an array of journals, including ExemplariaNew Medieval Literatures, JEGP, postmedieval, and Philological Quarterly. Her first book, Shaping the Archive in Late Medieval England: History, Poetry, and Performance (Cambridge UP) examines how episodes of sacred history – in particular, the loss of Eden, the flood, and the Harrowing of Hell – illuminate the risks and pleasures of archival process. Her current research examines the cultural uses of rhyme in Middle English poetry. She is the Director of the Program in Global Medieval Studies at Rutgers.

  • Undergraduate Courses Taught:
    • Medieval Drama
    • Chaucer
    • Medieval Romance
    • Medieval and Early Modern Women Writers
    • Medieval Travel Narrative
  • Graduate Courses Taught:

    Medieval Drama and Performance




  • Education: Ph.D., Yale UniversityBA, Brandeis University