Mary Agnes Edsall

Research Associate in English

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Mary Agnes Edsall


  • Ph.D. Columbia University

Professional Website:

  • For a current version of my C.V. and representative syllabi for courses I offer.

Teaching Interests:

Chaucer; Trilingual England; Medieval Drama; Monastic and Anchoritic Literature and Culture; Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture (in translation); Women and Literature in the Middle Ages; Fabliaux and Trickster Tales; Modern Medievalisms; Tolkien; Fairies, Medieval to Modern; College Composition.

Recent Fellowships:

Spring-Fall 2007: Mellon CBB Collaborative Grant with Professor Sylvia Federico (English) Bates to collaborate on teaching “Tolkien’s Middle Ages.”

June-August 2006: NEH Summer Seminar Participant: “Holy Men and Holy Women of  Anglo-Saxon England,” Cambridge University.

June 2004: Huntington Library, Msgr. Francis J. Weber Research Fellowship in Roman Catholic History.

Guest Lectures:

The Cook’s Tale, the Successful Fragment, and the Ethics of Reading in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” [Presented at the Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend], March 9-10, 2007.

Celtic 293

"The York Crucifixion Play: A Brief Background to English Cycle Drama and the York Plays as a Meditation on Labor." [Presented at Villanova University on November 7, 2003 to the First-Year Learning Community Course, From Corpus Christi to Corporation]


“The Arma Christi before the Arma Christi: Rhetorics of the Passion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.” The thirty-three page typescript has been accepted for inclusion in Arma Christi: Objects, Representation, and Devotional Practice in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. ed. Lisa H. Cooper (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Andrea Denny-Brown (UC Riverside).

“From ‘Companion to the Novitiate’ to ‘Companion to the Devout Life’: San Marino, Huntington Library, HM 744  and Monastic Anthologies of the Twelfth-Century Reform.” The thirty-two page typescript has been accepted for inclusion in Unexpected Readers: Middle English Religious Writings in Practice, 1400-1550, ed. Nicole Rice (St. John’s University, Queens, New York).  

“Arma Christi [The Instruments of the Passion].” The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art. Ed. Colum Hourihane. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In Press (Summer 2011).