Dr Scott-Morgan Straker
On leave 1 January–30 June 2015
Office: Watson 436
Office Hours: Thurs. 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Middle English literature, especially fifteenth-century followers of Chaucer (Lydgate, Hoccleve); theoretical approaches to medieval culture; Old English and Old Norse; early modern literature; constructions of gender and subjectivity in medieval texts.
- “Propaganda, Intentionality, and the Lancastrian Lydgate,” John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture and Lancastrian England, ed. James Simpson and Larry Scanlon (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006) 98–128.
- “Deference and Difference: Lydgate, Chaucer and The Siege of Thebes,” Review of English Studies 52 (2001): 1-21.
I am currently working on articles about political critique in works by Lydgate and Hoccleve, and Chaucer’s use of metaphor. When I first became interested in medieval literature, I was oriented mainly toward Old English and Old Norse culture; as time passes, though, I find myself working on later periods. I am particularly interested in research that straddles the highly controversial boundary between the medieval and early modern periods.
Favourite authors: Salman Rushdie, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Katherine Mansfield. Favourite music: Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Chopin, opera (especially Verdi, anything Russian). Other pursuits: I could not imagine life without music. I play guitar (although not as often as I’d like), and I used to play piano (extremely badly). One day I would like to learn to sing. I also enjoy photography and web design. I’m passionately interested in technology, particularly the latest electronic gadgets—I don’t especially want to own them, but I do like to know about them. I am interested to the point of obsession in Macintosh computers, and have recently developed the annoyingly expensive habit of taking them apart and tinkering with them.