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Sabbatical Spring 2013 & Fall 2013
Nancy Bradbury teaches and studies the poetry of Chaucer, anonymous medieval romances and tales, medieval proverbs and other “microgenres,” literary representations of the language of medieval peasants, and the late nineteenth-century Gothic revival. She holds an A.B. from Smith College, an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. Her current Smith courses include Chaucer, Victorian Medievalism, Arthurian Legend, the English Literary Tradition I, the Uses of Storytelling, and Mysteries and Investigations. She served as chair of the English department from 2008-11, and she participates in Smith’s Medieval Studies program and Book Studies concentration.
Professor Bradbury's recent scholarly projects include a co-edited special issue of Chaucer Review devoted to the topic "Time, Measure, and Value" (with Carolyn P. Collette, 2009); a dual language edition (Latin and Middle English) of The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf (with Scott Bradbury, forthcoming); and the chapter “Popular Romance” in the Blackwell’s Companion to Medieval Poetry (2010). Her publications on Middle English romance include recent pieces on violence in The Tale of Gamelyn (2012) and peasant speech in The Taill of Rauf Coilyear (2011). A 2008 article in the interdisciplinary journal Speculum explores the rivalry between clerical and peasant wisdom in the Latin Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf. Other essays and her 1998 book, Writing Aloud: Storytelling in Fourteenth-Century England, reflect her longstanding interest in medieval literacy and orality, elite vs. popular narrative forms, and the folklore of medieval England.