Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1976
B.A., Class I Honours in English Language and Literature, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1970
Characteristically, my research methodology brings together reading strategies from literary criticism and the history of ideas, and an interest in medieval philosophy and theology has informed much of my work. My latest monograph is From Eden to Eternity: Creations of Paradise in the Later Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)
— The Cambridge Introduction to Chaucer (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
— Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature: Valuing the Vernacular (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
— Fallible Authors: Chaucer’s Pardoner and Wife of Bath (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).
— (ed., with Jane Roberts), Text, Image, Interpretation: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature and its Insular Context in Honour of Éamonn Ó Carragáin (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007).
— Medieval Theory of Authorship: Scholastic Literary Attitudes in the Later Middle Ages (London: Scolar Press, 1984). Second, revised edition published by Gower Books, Aldershot, and University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988, in hardback and paperback forms. In 2009 the University of Pennsylvania Press re-issued the second edition, with a new introductory essay.
— (with A.B. Scott, ed.), Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism c.1100-c.1375: The Commentary Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988). Revised, paperback edition published 1991, rpt. 2001.
— Chaucer’s Shorter Poems (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995; rpt. 2000).
— Magister Amoris: The ‘Roman de la Rose’ and Vernacular Hermeneutics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
— (ed., with Ian Johnson) The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 2: The Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005). Paperback version published in 2009.
— ‘Aggressive Chaucer: Of dolls, drink and Dante’, The Medieval Translator, 16 (2016), 357-76. Edited by Pieter de Leemans and Michele Goyens.
— ‘Acculturizing Aristotle: Matthew of Linköping’s translation of Poetic Representation’, Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie, 124 (2005), 238-59.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales; Medieval Literature at the Movies
GRADUATE COURSE: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales