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I teach in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago as Edward Surtz, S.J., Associate Professor. My research is concentrated on medieval English poetry, especially Middle English alliterative verse. I also study aspects of literary education and Latin literary culture in medieval England. I am author of Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter, now available from Cambridge University Press. Details on this and other publications may be found here.

Current projects include an essay on Middle English lyrics in Latin sermons; an essay on extra-diegetic address in Piers Plowman; an edition (with James Eric Ensley) of Beinecke Library, Takamiya MS 23 for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive; and studies of the texts and sources of two late medieval/early mod. English translations of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy: John Walton’s versification (c. 1410), and George Colvile’s 1556 prose rendering.

At Loyola I teach an introduction to literary reading and a first-year interdisciplinary humanities survey (antiquity and Middle Ages), plus upper-division and graduate courses in medieval dream poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, alliterative poetry, and Old English language and literature. In Spring 2018 I will teach a ten-week graduate seminar at the Newberry Library on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and its afterlife.

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email: icornelius at luc dot edu

The header image is of manuscript fa45 — a fragmentary copy of Piers Plowman C — in the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. The photo of me is by Meg Studer.