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  • Larry Scanlon
  • Associate Professor of English
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  • lscanlon@rutgers.edu
  • Office:

    36 Union Street, Room 103, College Ave Campus

  • Primary Areas of Specialization:

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

  • Field of Interest: Gender & Sexuality, Medieval
  • About:

    Professor Scanlon is the author of Narrative, Authority, and Power: The Medieval Exemplum and the Chaucerian Tradition (1994).  He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Literature, 1100-1500 (2009), and co-editor of John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture, and Lancastrian England (with James Simpson, 2005).  He has published numerous essays on Middle English, Old French, Medieval Latin texts and traditions.  He has also published on medievalism, and American and African-American Literature.  He is currently completing a lengthy study on homoeroticism in later medieval literature and culture. Its tentative title is At Sodom's Gate: The Sin Against Nature from Plato to John Lydgate.  He is also co-editing (with Susan Nakley) an anthology of essays entitled Barbarous Tongues that focuses on problem of race, religious alterity, and Christian, Muslim, and Jewish relations in later medieval culture.

  • Book(s):
  • Undergraduate 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
  • Graduate Courses Taught:
    • 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:
    • 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
  • Membership Affiliations:
    • Advisory Board, Series in Medieval Literature, 2006-
    • Section Editor, Medieval (with Elaine Treharne), 2005-
    • Director, Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers University, 2005-
  • 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
  • Education:

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