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Randy Schiff

Associate Professor
Office: 427 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0688
E-mail address:


late-Medieval literature and culture, Middle English alliterative verse, nationalism and empire, ecocriticism, literary history

Current Courses

Spring 2016

Eng 303 - Chaucer

T Th            9:30 - 10:50
Reg. No. 22015

ENG 606 – NATIONALISM AND BRITAIN (Studies in the Middle Ages)

Tuesday 12:30-3:10, Clemens
Registration Numbers:  (A) 23252   (B) 23253


Works in Progress

  • “Of Cygnets, Exception, and Territory: Swan-Knights and Western Aristocratic Other-Lordliness” (essay)
  • Bio-Exceptionalism: Animals, Woodlands, and Territory in Medieval Romance (manuscript)
  • “Ennobling Centralization: Lancelot of the Laik and the Romance of Subjection” (essay)

Selected Publications

  • The Politics of Ecology: Land, Life, and Law in Medieval Britain, ed. Randy P. Schiff and, Joseph Taylor (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016).
  • “On Firm Carthaginian Ground: Ethnic Boundary Fluidity and Chaucer’s Dido,” postmedieval 6.1 (2015): 23-35.
  • “Reterritorialized Ritual: Classist Violence in Yvain and Ywain and Gawain,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 56.3 (2014): 227-58.
  • “Resisting Surfaces: Description, Distance Reading, and Textual Entanglement,” Exemplaria 26.2-3 (2014): 273-90.
  • “Unstable Kinship: Trojanness, Treason, and Community in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” College Literature 40.2 (2013): 81-102.
  • 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.


Terri-Stories: On Intersections of Land, Law, and Literature, from Primitive Territories to the Post-National Future
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