Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • 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.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 “Chaucer’s Other “Wyf”: Philippa Chaucer, the Critics, and the English Canon,”The Chaucer Review2019
    2018 In PartusPostmedieval.  9:388-399. 2018
    2017 Reading Like a Jew: Chaucer's Physician's Tale and the Letter of the LawThe Chaucer Review.  52:298-298. 2017
    2014 Pregnant Desire:The Chaucer Review.  48:284-284. 2014
    2012 Miraculous History: Fictions of Text and Body in a Ritual Murder TrialReligion and Literature.  44. 2012
    2010 To Speak of Silence: Clemence of Barking’s Life of St. Catherine and Her Vision of Female WisdomMagistra2010

    Book

    Year Title
    Deconstructing Medieval Margins and Marginality.  Ed. Zimo, Ann. 
    Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2017 The Canon Yeoman’s Tale: Invention, Discovery, Problem-Solving, and Innovation 2017

    Teaching Activities

  • English Major Seminar Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Women in Literature Taught course 2018
  • Literary Topics Taught course 2018
  • Medieval Epic and Romance Taught course 2018
  • British Lit I Age of Heroes Taught course 2017
  • Graduate Study of Literature Taught course 2017
  • Special Topics in Literature Taught course 2017
  • Writing about Literature Taught course 2017
  • Special Topics in Literature Taught course 2016
  • Survey of British Literature I Taught course 2016
  • Sem/Medieval Literature Taught course 2016
  • Survey of British Literature I Taught course 2016
  • Chaucer Taught course 2015
  • Survey of British Literature I Taught course 2015
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Samantha Seal