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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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6045 Wentworth Hall, Room 110
Hanover, NH 03755
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Monika Otter

Monika Otter

Title: Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Office: 209 Sanborn
Phone: 646-2933
Departmental Web site: Monika Otter

Medieval and Renaissance Courses Taught

  • English 18 (History of the English Language)
  • English 19 (Beowulf and Old English)
  • English 20 (Chaucer: Canterbury Tales), 21 (Chaucer: Troilus and the Dream Poems), 22, 65 (Special Topics) and 70 (Senior seminar)
  • COLT 21 (Topics in Medieval Literature, e.g., "Medieval Song," "Tristan and Isolt," "King Arthur and Medieval Chivalric Romance")
  • Latin 28 (Literature of the Late Empire and the Middle Ages)

Areas of Research Interest

  • Medieval Latin literature
  • Historiography
  • Hagiography
  • Romance

Important and/or Recent and/or Major Publications


  • "The Book of Encouragement and Comfort: Goscelin's Letter to the Recluse Eva" (an annotated translation of Goscelin of St. Bertin's "Liber Confortatorius," with a historical introduction and an essay entitled "Inclusae Exclusus: Gender, Exile, and Desire." Library of Medieval Women, series editor Jane Chance. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer. 2004.
  • "Inventiones: Fiction and Referentiality in Twelfth-Century English Historical Writing." Chapel Hill: North Carolina University Press, 1996.


  •  "Functions of Fiction in Historical Writing." Writing Medieval History: Theory and Practice for the Post-Traditional Middle Ages, ed. Nancy Partner. Hodder and Arnold, 2005.
  • "Prolixitas Temporum: Futurity in Medieval Historical Narratives." Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning. Eds. Robert Stein and Sandra Prior. U. of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
  • "Baudri of Bourgueil, 'To Countess Adela'" [verse translation of Baudri of Bourgueil's "Adelae Comitissae," a 1300-line encyclopaedic poem, ca. 1100, with extensive explanatory notes and an introduction]. Journal of Medieval Latin 11 (2001): 61-142.
  • "La Vie des deux Offa, L'enfance de Saint Edmond, et la logique des antécédants." Médiévales 38 (2000), 17-34.
  • "Ten-Sixty-Six: The Anonymous Life of St. Edward and William of Malmesbury's Life of St. Wulfstan as Narratives of Change." Speculum 74.3 (July 1999): 565-86.
  • "Closed Doors: An Epithalamium for Queen Edith, Widow and Virgin." Constructions of Widowhood ad Virginity in the Middle Ages, ed. Angela J. Weisl and Cindy Carlson (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999), 63-92.
  • "The Temptation of St. Æthelthryth." Exemplaria 9 (1997): 139-63.


  • "Neither/Neuter: Hildebert's Hermaphrodite and the Medieval Latin Epigram." Peer-reviewed article, forthcoming in Sudi Medievali (2007).

Last Updated: 12/18/08