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Comparative Literature Program
Dartmouth College
6051 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755

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Michelle Warren

Michelle WarrenProfessor of Comparative Literature
210A Reed Hall
(603) 646-6498

Medieval/Renaissance website

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship website

Research and teaching interests:

I’m interested in how small objects can lead to big ideas. I have explored this interest in lots of different ways: haphazard annotations in manuscripts, specific word choices in translations, epigraphs and asides in scholarship, repurposed materials in art. Some of the big ideas I think about include: ethnicity and race, colonialism, memory, time, faith, class, gender.


Student Advising

I have worked with students on a variety of topics. In medieval studies, most topics emerge from the intersections of literature and history: inheritance patterns in the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, political theory in the work of Christine de Pizan, English historical thought as evidenced in manuscript annotations. In French studies, I have supported students working in all periods, with an emphasis on theoretical methods. I am especially attracted to questions that press connections among disciplines (humanities, social sciences, technology, sciences).

Selected Publications:


Creole Medievalism Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier’s Middle Ages. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 


History on the Edge History on the Edge: Excalibur and the Borders of Britain, 1100-1300. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.


Postcolonial Moves Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, co-editor with Patricia Clare Ingham. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. “Post-Philology,” pp. 19-45.


Art of Calculation Arts of Calculation: Quantifying Thought in Early Modern Europe, co-editor with David Glimp. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.


A few articles on other topics:

•    “Relating Philology, Practicing Humanism.” PMLA 125.2 (2010): 283-88.
•    “Lydgate, Lovelich, and London Letters.” Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century. Ed. Lisa Cooper and Andrea Denny-Brown. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 113-38.
•    “Translation.” Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English. Ed. Paul Strohm. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 51-67.
•     “Interpreting Codicology: Re-visions of the Divine Comedy in the Codex Altona.” Media Matters: Technologies of Literary Production. Mosaic 28.4 (1995): 13-37.

Last Updated: 2/16/12