Taylor Cowdery


Greenlaw 440

Assistant Professor of English

On leave 2017-18 academic year.

I teach and study late medieval and early modern poetry, with a particular focus on how poets thought about materiality -- what they thought their poems were made of. My current book project investigates how shifting ideas of materiality index shifting uses of source materials in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century poetry. I'm also interested in the history of literary theory, the history of the book, queer theory, and the history of science.

Recent work, some of which can be found here, includes an article on Thomas Hoccleve (in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 2016), an essay on Humanism and reading practices in William Caxton's prologues and epilogues (2016), an essay on translation theory in fifteenth-century vernacular literary culture (2017), and a forthcoming article on the poetry of John Lydgate (in ELH). I'm also working on a new edition of Lydgate's prose biography of Julius Caesar, The Serpent of Division.

I will be spending the 2017-18 academic year as a Mellon Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


Hire Date: 2016

Ph.D. Harvard University (2016)

Research Groups and Interests

Group II - English Literature from its beginnings to 1485
Group III - English Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton)