David Coley

Associate Professor


  • BA (Connecticut College)
  • MA (Pennsylvania)
  • PhD (Maryland)


David’s research interests include the Pearl Poet, Middle English alliterative poetry, Chaucer, and the impact of the medieval plague pandemic on English literary production. His first book, The Wheel of Language: Representing Speech in Middle English Poetry, 1377-1422 (Syracuse UP, 2012) posits the representation of the spoken word within later medieval English poetry as a powerful and efficacious act, one through which writers both critiqued and created the social, political, and religious realities of their age. His next book project, Death and the Pearl Maiden: Plague, Poetry, England (under contract at Ohio State UP), considers discourses of plague in Middle English poetry, especially the poems of MS Cotton Nero A.x. David’s articles have appeared in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, The Chaucer Review, Exemplaria, Glossator, and Florilegium.


Future courses may be subject to change.

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