Samantha Katz Seal is a scholar of the human body and human difference in medieval English literature. Her work brings together feminist theory with medieval medicine, the digital humanities, and the history of Jews and medieval anti-Judaism. Dr. Seal's first book, "Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales," will be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, as part of the Medieval Literature and Culture series. This book is a study of Geoffrey Chaucer's search for human authority through metaphors of poetic and paternal creation.
Dr. Seal has also co-edited (with Dr. Nicole Nolan Sidhu of East Carolina University) two special journal issues about the changing nature of feminist inquiry in medieval studies; "New Feminist Approaches to Chaucer" from The Chaucer Review, and "New Feminisms" from postmedieval will both be published in 2019. She is currently at work on two new book projects. The first, Chaucerian Dynasty: The Father of English Poetry and His Family," is a biography of the Chaucerian family from the fourteenth to seventeenth century. Her second new project, "The Jew's Canon," is a historiographical study of the contributions by Jewish scholars to the formation of the English literary canon.