Profile: Carol F. Heffernan


Department of English
  • Courses Taught

    Undergraduate:  Medieval and Renaissance Romance Literature, Chaucer, Medieval English Literature aside from Chaucer, Shakespeare, Survey of English Literature

    Graduate:  Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; Chaucer, Dream Visions; Medieval English Literature, Women in Medieval Literature

  • Education

    A.B. Barnard College, Columbia University

    M.A.  University of Wisconsin (Madison) 

    Ph.D.  New York University

  • Publications

    BooksComedy in Chaucer and Boccaccio (Cambridge, England:  D. S. Brewer, 2009), The Orient in Chaucer and Medieval Romance (Cambridge, England:  D. S. Brewer, 2003), The Melancholy Muse:  Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Early Medicine (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Duquesne University Press, 1995),  The Phoenix at the Fountain:  Images of Women and Eternity in Lactantius’s “Carmen de Ave Phoenice” and the Old English “Phoenix” (Newark, Delaware:  University of Delaware Press, 1988), Le Bone Florence of Rome, editor, Old and Middle English Text Series (Manchester, England:  Manchester University Press, 1976)

    Recent Articles:

    “Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and the Fabliau” is forthcoming in The Courtly Phenomenon Revisited (Palgrave), ed. Deborah Nelson-Campbell
    and Rouben Cholakian.

    The Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden in Fifteenth-Century England," Neophilologus 101 (2017), 337-49

    "The Middle English 'Orcherd of Syon' in Late Medieval England: A Reconsideration,” Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 22 (2016), 3-24.

    "Margery Kempe: Female Piety in the Late Middle Ages and the English Mystical Tradition," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 20 (2014), 3-20.

    "Starting Out from Bedford-Stuyvesant," Voices in Italian Americana: A Literary and Cultural Review 25 (2014), 58-70.

    "Intimate with God: Julian of Norwich," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 19 (2013), 40-57

    "Laughter in Horace's Ode I. 9 and Chaucer's Miller's Tale," Neophilologus 97 (2013), 191-97.

    "The Nun's Priest's Identity and the Purpose of his Tale," Leeds Studies in English 42 (2011), 43-52.  

    "Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' V. 1821 and Dante's 'Paradiso' XXII. 135: Laughter and Smiles," Notes and Queries 256 (of the continuous series) September, 2011, 358-360.

    “Two ‘English Fabliaux’:  Chaucer’s ‘Merchant’s Tale’ and ‘Shipman’s Tale’ and Italian Novelle,” Neophilologus 90 (2006), 333-49;  “Chaucer’s ‘Miller’s Tale’ and ‘Reeve’s Tale,’ Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the French Fabliaux,” Italica 81, no. 3 (2004), 311-24;  “Praying before the Image of Mary:  Chaucer’s ‘Prioress’s Tale,’ VII 502-12,”  The Chaucer Review 39, no. 1 (2004), 103-16; “Heliodorus’s ‘AEthiopica’ and Sidney’s ‘Arcadia’:  A Reconsideration,” English Language Notes, No. 1 (Sept., 2004), 12-20; “Three Unnoticed Links Between Matthew of Vendome’s ‘Comedia Lidie’ and Chaucer’s ‘Merchant’s Tale,’ Notes and Queries 248 (of the continuous series) June, 2003, 158-62.

  • Research Initiatives

    Female Mystics of the High Middle Ages in England 
    Dandelion Salad in Brooklyn (creative non-fiction)


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