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Profile: Karla Taylor

Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford  1983

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Chaucer; Dante; Gower; romance; translation; Middle English literature; fourteenth-century English-Italian literary and cultural relations; medieval ideas of history and literature; narrative theory; English historical linguistics.

Secondary Interests

Narrative theory; medieval Dutch literature; history of the English language; linguistic theory and earlier texts; proverbs.


"The Motives of Reeds: The Wife of Bath's Midas and Literary Tradition (forthcoming); "Reading Faces in Gower and Chaucer," in International John Gower Society Congress Proceedings III (forthcoming), ed. Russell A. Peck and R. F. Yeager; "Inside Out in Gower's Republic of Letters," in John Gower Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation, and Tradition, ed. Elisabeth Dutton John Hines, and R. F. Yeager, Wesfield Medieval Studies 3 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010);  "Language in Use," in IChaucer: Contemporary Approaches, ed. Susanna Fein and David Raybin (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010); "Writers of the Italian Renaissance," in Oxford History of Literary Translation in English," ed. Roger Ellis (Oxford University Press, 2008);  "The French Tradition," in Tison Pugh and Angela Weisl, eds., Approaches to Teaching Troilus and Criseyde and the Minor Poems (MLA, 2007); "Chaucer's Volumes: Toward a New Model of Literary History in the Canterbury Tales," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 29(2007); “Social Aesthetics and the Emergence of Civic Discourse in the Shipman’s Tale and the Tale of Melibee,” Chaucer Review 39(2005): 298-322; "Chaucer’s Uncommon Voice: Some New Contexts for Influence," in B.D. Schildgen and L.M. Koff, eds., The "Decameron" and the "Canterbury Tales": New Essays on an Old Question; (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000); “Inferno 5 and Troilus and Criseyde Revisited,” in R.A. Shoaf, ed., Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, MRTS (SUNY Press, 1992); “Chaucer’s Reticent Merchant,” in James Dean and Christian Zacher, ed., The Idea of Medieval Literature (University of Delaware Press, 1992); Chaucer Reads the ‘Divine Comedy’ (Stanford University Press, 1989); “From superbo Ilion to umile Italia: The Acrostic of Paradiso 19” (Stanford Italian Review, 7, 1987); “A Text and Its Afterlife: Dante and Chaucer” (Comparative Literature, 35, 1983); “Proverbs and the Authentication of Convention in Troilus and Criseyde” (Barney, ed., Chaucer’s ‘Troilus’: Essays in Criticism, Archon, 1980), rpt. in the Norton Critical edition of Troilus and Criseyde, ed. Stephen A. Barney (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006).

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