Ian Cornelius

Assistant Professor of English

Address: LC 306
Phone: 203-432-6894
Email: ian.cornelius@yale.edu
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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2009
B.A., Washington University, 2002

Most of my current work centers on the metrical form of Middle English alliterative poetry. I write as well on several other topics, all sited in medieval England along the boundaries between literary history, philology, and cultural studies: the history of rhetoric and education; the history of ethics; medieval multilingualism; the reception of classical literature; manuscripts and textuality; and Piers Plowman. This work is detailed on my personal website

I am currently working on two projects. The first, Alliterative Verse and the Latin Sciences of Language in Late Medieval England, is a study of interlingual dimensions of verse history. I examine formal aspects of the historical interface between Middle English alliterative verse and the traditions of Latin grammatical and rhetorical instruction. The second is a study of class formation in England in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, currently represented by “Rhetoric of Advancement” and a paired article, in progress, on the English rising of 1381. 


-- “The Accentual Paradigm in Early English Metrics.” Forthcoming in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology.

-- "Passus secundus de Dobest‘: On the Genesis of a Rubric in the Archetype of Piers Plowman B.” Forthcoming in Medium Aevum.

-- “Boethius’ Consolatio philosophiae.” Forthcoming in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 1: the Middle Ages, ed. Rita Copeland.

-- “Alliterative Revival: Retrospect and Prospect.” Review essay. Yearbook of Langland Studies 26 (2012): 261-276. 

--“Versification,” forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching Piers Plowman, ed. Thomas Goodmann.

-- “The Rhetoric of Advancement: Ars dictaminis, Cursus, and Clerical Careerism in Late Medieval England,” New Medieval Literatures 12 (2010): 287-328.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Major English Poets, Alliterative Poetry in Middle English, Chaucer and Desire, Readings in Middle English, Ways of Living (composition seminar)

GRADUATE COURSES: Trilingual England, Piers Plowman