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Randy Schiff

Associate Professor Randy Schiff

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies 
Office: 427 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0688
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late-Medieval literature and culture, Middle English alliterative verse, nationalism and empire, ecocriticism, literary history

Courses Taught

  • Arthur and Empire
  • Chaucer
  • Courtly Love
  • Middle English Romance
  • Pre-Postcolonialism
  • Shakespeare

Works in Progress

  • The Politics of Ecology: Land, Life, and Law in Medieval Britain (collection of essays, co-edited with Joseph Taylor)
  • "On Firm Carthaginian Ground: Ethnic Boundary Fluidity and Chaucer’s Dido"
  • Pre-National Wildlands: The Poetics of Territory in Middle English Romance

Selected Publications

  • Revivalist Fantasy: Alliterative Verse and Nationalist Literary History (Ohio State University Press, 2011)
  • "Cross-Channel Becomings-Animal: Primal Courtliness in Guillaume de Palerne and William of Palerne." Exemplaria 21.4 (2009): 418-38.
  • "The Loneness of the Stalker: Poaching and Subjectivity in The Parlement of the Thre Ages." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 51.3 (2009): 263-93.
  • "Borderland Subversions: Anti-Imperialist Energies in The Awntyrs off Arthure and Golagros and Gawane." Speculum 84.3 (2009): 613-32.
  • "Holland as Howlat: Shadow Self and Borderland Homage in The Buke of the Howlat." Mediaevalia 29.2 (2008): 91-116.
  • "The Instructive Other Within: Secularized Jews in The Siege of Jerusalem." Cultural Diversity in the British Middle Ages: Archipelago, Island, England, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), pp. 135-51.