Peter W. Travis
Professor of EnglishHenry Winkley Professorship in Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature
My primary interests are medieval literature and contemporary critical theory. I teach courses on old and medieval English language and literature and developed and taught a course on contemporary masculinities called The Masculine Mystique. In 2010 I published Disseminal Chaucer, Rereading the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, which won the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism.
“The English Department in the Globalized University,” ADE Bulletin , 139 (2006) 51-56.
“The Body of The Nun’s Priest, or, Chaucer’s Disseminal Genius,” in Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning , R M Stein and S Pierson Prior (eds.), (2005), 231-247.
“The Manciple’s Phallic Matrix,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer , 25, (2003), 317-324.
“White,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer , 22, (2000), 1-66.
Dramatic Design in the Chester Cycle , (1982).
Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun's Priest's Tale (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).
"Reading Chaucer Ab Ovo: Mock-Exemplum in the Nun's Priest's Tale," in The Performance of Medieval Culture (1998), pp. 161-82.
"Chaucer's Chronographiae, the Confounded Reader, and Fourteenth-Century Measurements of Time," Disputatio 2 (1997), 1-34.
"Chaucer's Heliotropes and the Poetics of Metaphor," Speculum 72 (1997), 399-427.
"Deconstructing Chaucer's Retraction." Exemplaria 3(1991): 135-58.
"The Social Body of the Dramatic Christ in Medieval England." ACTA 13 (1987).
Dramatic Design in the Chester Cycle. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Works in progress
Disseminal Chaucer: Misreading in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale ; "Aesop’s Medieval Animots "