Gwen Morgan


Ph.D. University of South Florida

Specializing in Medieval and British Literature and Languages, as well as Popular Culture Studies, Dr. Morgan is the author of three books, two on medieval balladry and one a collection of Anglo-Saxon poems in translation. She is also the author of articles ranging from Immortals in Popular Fiction, to Chaucer’s Weaver from the “Canterbury Tales,” to Joan of Arc in popular culture. As Director of Conference Activities for the Studies in Medievalism organization, she is responsible for the annual Internation Conference on Medievalism and sponsored sessions at the International Medieval Institute in Leeds, England, and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. As the series editor for the “Year’s Work in Medievalism” and member of the editorial board for “Studies in Medievalism,” she studies in the effect of the Middle Ages, reworkig of their ideas and images, and the recreation of them in subsequent eras.

Selected Recent Publications:

Book: “Anglo-Saxon Poems in Imitative Translation: The Harp and the Cross.” Published 2001 by Edwin Mellon Press. A collection of shorter Old English Poems with original facing modern poetic translations and critical commentary on Anglo-Saxon poetry and culture.

Article: “Modern Mystic, Medieval Saint: Joan of Arc in Recent Film.” Forthcoming in Winter, 2002 in “Studies in Medievalism.” An examination of Joan of Arc in the 1999 films “The Messenger” and “Joan of Arc.”

Edited Collections: “The Year’s Work in Medievalism: 1999” and “The Year’s Work in Medievalism: 2000.” Volume editor and introductions, published by Studies in Medievalism in 2000 and 2001. Collections of essays which cross genres and periods, examining the effect and re-creation of the Middle Ages in subsequent eras.

Book Chapter: “Gender, Horror, and Popular Culture.” Conclusion to the book, “Anne Rice, the Reticent Vampire: Sexual Politics in the Early Novels.” By James R. Keller, McFarland Press, 2001.

Book: “Medieval Ballads: Chivalry, Romance, and Everyday Life.” A collection of medieval ballads in modern English with critical essays. Published by Peter Lang, 1996.

Book: “Medieval Balladry and the Courtly Tradition.” An evaluation of the medieval ballads as literature of popular revolt against the ideology of the ruling class. Published by Peter Lang, 1993.


Continuing Series Editor of the “Year’s Work in Medievalism” series.

Continuing Director of Conference Activities for Studies in Medievalism.

Research into Joan of Arc in Popular Traditions.

Researching academe’s illusions of privilege as a re-creation of universities in the Middle Ages.


Studies In Medievalism

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