Medieval Academy Honors Chickering

The Medieval Academy of America recently recognized Howell D. Chickering, the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature and Chair of English, as “one of the most impressive teaching collaborators in medieval studies.”

An article in the Fall 2008 issue of Medieval Academy News noted that Professor Chickering’s “poetic pitch and keen curiosity has transformed the lives of generations of Amherst students just as his openness to new modes of thought and emerging disciplines has changed our scholarly perceptions. His habit of great teaching is a discipline and a generous gift.”

Professor Chickering’s research and teaching interests include poetry in English from all periods and areas, with particular focus on medieval English poetry, especially Beowulf and Chaucer's works.