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Professor Kevin Gustafson
Associate Dean of Honors College, Associate Professor of English

611 Carlisle Hall
(ph): 817.272.2490
(fax): 817.272.2718


Ph.D. – University of Virginia, 1996
M.A. – University of Virginia, 1990
B.A., magna cum laude – Pacific Lutheran University, 1986


Current Research

My primary academic interest is late-medieval and early modern vernacular literary culture, a topic that has led me to work in literature, textual editing, and the history of rhetoric, and gender studies. I am currently completing an essay on the politics of compilation and re-compilation in British Library MS Royal 18D.ii, a major fifteenth-century English miscellany, and beginning two larger projects. The first is a critical edition for the Early English Text Society of Richard Rolle’s English Psalter, the earliest full-scale glossed version of the Psalms in Middle English, and a work that for all its orthodoxy came to be implicated in Lollardy, the major heretical movement of later medieval England. The other project is a book-length comparative study of representations of Sodom in medieval literature and the medieval geographical imagination more generally.


Recent Publications

Cleanness: An Edition and Translation. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press. (Under contract and about to enter production.)

“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” Blackwell Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c.1350-1550. Ed. Peter Brown. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. 561-77.

“Homosociality, Imitation, and Gendered Reading in Robert Greene’s Ciceronis Amor.” Philological Quarterly 82.3 (Winter 2005): 277-300.

“Richard Rolle’s English Psalter and the Making of a Lollard Text.” Viator 33 (2002): 294-309.

“The Lay Gaze: Pearl, the Dreamer, and the Vernacular Reader.” Medievalia et Humanistica, n.s. 27 (2000): 57-77.

“Rebellion, Treachery, and Poetic Identity in Skelton’s Dolorous Dethe.” Neophilologus 82.4 (1998): 645-59.


Teaching Interests

Comparative medieval literature
Middle English literature
Sixteenth-century English literature
History of rhetoric
Gay and lesbian literature

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