Francis A. March Professor Emerita
301B Pardee Hall
(610) 330-5536


  • Ph.D., Yale

Teaching interests:  writing; core courses for the English major; linguistics; medieval literature; women’s studies; computer science

Research interests: Middle English literature; medieval representations of nonhuman animals

Selected publications:

The Fiction of Truth: Structures of Meaning in Narrative and Dramatic Allegory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985.

Chaucer’s Agents: Cause and Representation in Chaucerian Narrative. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005.

Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts (editor). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Essays on various topics, including a novel by Gertrude Stein and the semantics of computer jargon

Honors: Thomas and Lura Forrest Jones Faculty Lecture Award; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service; Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship; Woman of the Year, Lehigh Valley Association of Academic Women