Nancy Mason Bradbury
Professor of English Language & Literature
Contact & Office Hours
Monday & Wednesday, 2:45-4:00 p.m.;
Wednesday, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
And by appointment.
Seelye Hall 409
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Boston College
A.B., Smith College
Nancy Mason Bradbury teaches and writes about the poetry of Chaucer, medieval romances and tales, proverbs and other microgenres, literary representations of the language of medieval peasants and 19th-century medievalism. She is the current chair of the Department of English Language & Literature.
Her courses include Chaucer, English Literary Tradition I, Victorian Medievalism (with Cornelia Pearsall), Arthurian Legend, and a new seminar on Robin Hood. She teaches two first-year seminars, Eden and Other Gardens (taught in the Plant House) and Bookmarks: Reading and Writing from Plato to the Digital Age (with Katherine Rowe, taught in the Rare Book Room). Her courses often draw upon Smith’s fascinating collections, from books to plants.
Her most recent book is a collection of essays, Medieval Women and Their Objects (2017), co-edited with Jenny Adams, and she is writing an essay on Middle English healing charms and a book on the microgenres embedded in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Her articles have appeared in Speculum, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Chaucer Review, Medium Aevum, Oral Tradition, Studies in Philology and Studies in English Literature 1500–1900.
Bradbury participates in Smith’s Book Studies Concentration and the Medieval Studies Program, and she chaired the English department from 2008–11.
Medieval Women and Their Objects. Co-edited with Jenny Adams. University of Michigan Press, 2017. Twelve essays including her own, "Zenobia’s Objects."
"The Proverb as Embedded Microgenre in Chaucer and The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf." Exemplaria 27 (2015): 55-72. Special issue on Genre Theory.
"The Victorian Afterlife of the Thornton Romances." In Medieval Romance and Material Culture. Ed. Nicholas Perkins. Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer, 2015. 253-74.
"'A Definite Claim to Beauty': The Canterbury Tales in the Kelmscott Chaucer." In Essays on Aesthetics and Medieval Literature in Honor of Howell Chickering. Ed. John Hill, Bonnie Wheeler, and R. F. Yeager. Toronto: Pontifical Institute, 2014. 262-90.
The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf: A Dual-Language Edition from Latin and Middle English Printed Editions. With Scott Bradbury. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2012.
Time, Measure, and Value in Chaucer's Art and Chaucer's World. With Carolyn P. Collette. Guest-edited issue of Chaucer Review 43.4 (2009). Introduction and co-authored essay, "Changing Times: The Mechanical Clock in Late Medieval Literature."
"Representations of Peasant Speech: Some Literary and Social Contexts for The Taill of Rauf Coilyear." In Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts. Ed. Rhiannon Purdie and Michael Cichon. Cambridge, U.K: Boydell and Brewer, 2011.
"Rival Wisdom in the Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolf," Speculum 83 (2008): 331-65.
The Afterlife of Origins. Co-edited with Arlyn Diamond. Symposium with six contributors in Studies in the Age of Chaucer 28 (2006): 219-70.
Writing Aloud: Storytelling in Fourteenth-Century England. University of Illinois Press, 1998.