Traugott Lawler

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Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D., Harvard, 1966
M.A., Wisconsin, 1962
A.B., Holy Cross, 1958



Middle English especially Chaucer and Langland, Medieval Latin. I am currently working on my share (Volume 4) of the Penn Commentary of Piers Plowman, and on the second volume of “Jankyn’s Book of Wikked Wyves

Selected Publications

The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume 4: C Passus 15-19, B Passus 13-17 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

Three Troublesome Lines in Chaucer’s General Prologue: 11 (So priketh hem nature), 176 (the space), 739 (Crist spak himself ful brode)” in Pursuing Middle English Manuscripts and their Texts: Essays in Honour of Ralph Hanna, ed. Simon Horobin and Aditi Nafde (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), 225-39.

- “Delicacy vs. Truth: Defining moral heroism in the Canterbury Tales,” in New Readings of Chaucer’s Poetry, ed. Robert G. Benson and Susan J. Ridyard ( Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2003), 75-90.

- “The Secular Clergy in Piers Plowman,” Yearbook of Langland Studies 16 (2002), 85-117.


- The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1980. (with Ralph Hanna, completing work begun by Karl Young and Robert A. Pratt) Jankyn’s Book of Wikked Wyves. vol. 1, Texts. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1997.


Undergraduate: Major English Poets; European Literary Tradition; Chaucer; History of the English Language; Old English; The Gawain Poet; Austen and Dickens

Graduate: Old English; Chaucer; Langland; Medieval Latin