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Seminar Faculty

Directors

Susanna Fein and David Raybin have served as editors of The Chaucer Review since 2001. Their collaborative publications include three collections of essays on Chaucer—Chaucer: Visual Approaches (2016), Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches (2009), and Rebels and Rivals: The Contestive Spirit in The Canterbury Tales (1991, with Peter C. Braeger)—and a three-volume edition, The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript (2014-15; edited and translated by Susanna Fein, with David Raybin and Jan Ziolkowski). They have worked together as co-directors of four NEH Seminars on the Canterbury Tales.

Susanna Fein is Professor of English at Kent State University. Her publications include The Auchinleck Manuscript: New Perspectives (2016), Robert Thornton and His Books: Essays on the Lincoln and London Manuscripts. (2014; edited with Michael Johnston), My Wyl and My Wrytyng: Essays on John the Blind Audelay (2009), John the Blind Audelay, Poems and Carols (2009), Studies in the Harley Manuscript: The Scribes, Contents, and Social Contexts of British Library MS Harley 2253 (2000), and Moral Love Songs and Laments (1998). She serves on the advisory/editorial boards of Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, the Archive of Early Middle English, the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series, and The Journal of the Early Book Society, and has served as a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society.

Susanna Fein’s CV

David Raybin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Eastern Illinois. His publications include Closure in the Canterbury Tales: The Role of the Parson’s Tale (2000; edited with Linda Tarte Holley), and numerous articles and chapters on gender and faith in Chaucer and on medieval French literature, which have appeared in such publications as Exemplaria, the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, The Romanic Review, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and Viator. His current projects involve Anglo-Norman and Old French contexts for Middle English literature. In 2011, he was named Illinois Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.

David Raybin’s CV

Guest Faculty

Ardis Butterfield is John M. Schiff Professor of English at Yale University. Her numerous publications include The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War (2010), Poetry and Music in Medieval France: From Jean Renart to Guillaume de Machaut (2009), and the essay collection Chaucer and the City (2006). She is currently completing the new Norton Critical Edition of Middle English Lyrics. She is cofounder of the Medieval Song Network, a collaborative international project to encourage new interdisciplinary research on the medieval lyric, situated at University College London, and she currently serves as a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society

Richard Firth Green is Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University. His many acclaimed publications include A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England (2002); Poets and Princepleasers: Literature and the English Court in the Late Middle Ages (1979); Interstices: Studies in Late Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A. G. Rigg (2004; edited with Linne R. Mooney); and The Singer and the Scribe: European Ballad Traditions and European Ballad Cultures (2004; edited with Philip E. Bennett). His new book on folklore and fairies in medieval English literature is scheduled for publication prior to the Seminar. In 2008-2010, he served as President of the New Chaucer Society.

Stephen Fliegel, Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, specializes in late medieval chivalric and devotional practices, and the rich objects and illustrations these practices spawned in England and the Continent. Dr. Fliegel’s many publications include Arms and Armor: The Cleveland Museum of Art (1998); Art from the Court of Burgundy: The Patronage of Philip the Bold and John the Fearless 1364-1419 (2004); Sacred Meaning in the Christian Art of the Middle Ages (2004); Resplendent Faith: Liturgical Treasures of the Middle Ages (2009); and A Higher Contemplation: Sacred Meaning in the Christian Art of the Middle Ages (2012).

Robert J. Meyer-Lee is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University South Bend and, for 2015-16, the Margaret W. Pepperdene Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at Agnes Scott College. His publications include Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt (2007) and many chapters and articles on late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century poetry in such journals as The Chaucer Review, Exemplaria, Speculum, and Studies in the Age of Chaucer. His current projects treat Chaucer’s writing process as revealed in early manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, and ways in which poetry is invested in social values. He serves as Middle English Literature editor for the Journal of English and Germanic Philology.