Linda M. Georgianna

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Professor Emerita, English
School of Humanities
Ph.D., Columbia University
Phone: (949) 824-2712
Fax: (949) 824-2916
University of California, Irvine
369 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Medieval literature and Culture; Nineteenth-Century Medievalism
Academic Distinctions
Named an "Outstanding Professor" at UCI by the class of 2002.
Research Abstract
Since her first book, a study of the cultural context of the Ancrene Wisse, a thirteenth century religious guide for female recluses, Linda Georgianna has written essays on topics ranging from Beowulf to Chaucer. She is currently completing a book on Chaucer and religion and beginning work on the first volume of the new Oxford Literary History of England. When Oxford Press asked that the manuscript be delivered by the turn of the millennium, Georgianna, a medievalist to the bone, replied, "Which millennium?" She was recently a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy and at Robinson College, Cambridge University. Teaching interests (in addition to Chaucer) include medieval narrative, especially historiography and romance, literature and religion, Victorian medievalism.
The Solitary Self: Individuality in the Ancrene Wisse. Harvard UP, 1981
""In Any Corner of Heaven:" Heloise on the Monastic Life." Heloise: New Essays. Ed. Bonnie Wheeler. St. Martin's Press, 1999

"Coming to Terms with the Norman Conquest: Nationalism and English Literary History." Literature and the Nation. Ed. Brook Thomas (REAL, Yearbook of research in English and American Literature, 14) Gunter Verlag, 1988

"The Protestant Chaucer." Chaucer's Religious Tales. Ed. C. David Benson and Elizabeth Robertson. D.S. Brewer, 1990

"The Clerk's Tale and the Grammar of Assent." Speculum 70 (1995): 793-821
Professional Societies
New Chaucer Society, Trustee 1996-2000
The Medieval Academy
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