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Kathy Cawsey


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Dalhousie University
Twentieth Century Chaucer Criticism: Reading Audiences. Ashgate Press, 2011. (https://www.routledge.com/Twentieth-Century-Chaucer-Criticism-Reading-Audiences/Cawsey/p/book/9781409404781)

Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts. Edited with Jason Harris. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. (http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/archives/transmission-and-transformation-in-the-middle-ages/contents)

Selected Articles:
“Could Gollum Be Singing a Sonnet? The Poetic Project of The Lord of the Rings“ Tolkien Studies 14, 2017.

“The Once and Future Childslayer: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Inversion of Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Arthuriana. 25.2, 2015. 67-83.

“When Polemic Trumps Poetry: Buried Medieval Poem(s) in the Protestant Print I Playne Piers.” Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages. Ed. Sarah Kelen. Kalamazoo, Medieval Institute Publications, 2013. 37-69.

“Disorienting Orientalism: Finding Saracens in Strange Places in Late Medieval English Manuscripts.” Exemplaria 21.4, Winter 2009. 380-398.
Research Interests
I have published on Chaucer, Malory, medieval drama, romances, and modern fantasy writers (Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay).

At present, I am interested in the ways vernacular English writers in the Later Middle Ages thought language worked. We have a lot of philosophy of language in Latin, but we have very little in English. I am working on a book tentatively titled Greynes of Salt: The Image of Language in Medieval English Literature.

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