Megan L. Cook

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Miller Library 219 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5261
Fax: 207-859-5252
Office Hours:
M: 12:30-2:00; W: 9:00-10:30, Th by appointment
Cook, Megan L.


PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania
MA, English, New York University
BA, Political Science, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle English language and literature
  • Chaucer
  • History of the book
  • Editorial history and textual theory
  • Early modern poetry and prose

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN120B ALanguage, Thought, and Writing: Writing as a Reader
EN200 AFoundations of Literary Studies
EN312 ADeath and Dying in the Middle Ages
EN315 AMedieval Women's Mysticism

Professional Information

I teach medieval literature, with an emphasis on Chaucer and other late medieval poets, and I research and write about the fate of Middle English texts and books in the early modern period. My current book project examines the scholarly reception of Chaucer's works in sixteenth-century England, with special emphasis on the role of antiquarians in the production of early printed editions. Drawing on both intellectual history and studies in the material book, I seek to understand how antiquarian readers used Middle English poetry to produce new knowledge about literary history and how this, in turn, informed emerging views of the English past.


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