Research and Teaching Interests

Submitted by Ingrid L. Nelson on Wednesday, 1/27/2021, at 5:06 PM

My interests include the literature of later medieval England (1200-1500), English poetry of all periods, genre theory, lyric theory and poetics, media theory, and cultural studies. I teach courses on Chaucer and other medieval and renaissance literature, and on poetry across the English tradition. A continuing concern with literary and material forms underlies both my scholarship and pedagogy. How does the form of literature--or any text--interact or intersect with the contexts of its cultural practice? My first monograph, Lyric Tactics: Poetry, Genre and Practice in Later Medieval England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) defines the medieval English lyric genre based on its practices rather than its poetic forms. My current project, tentatively titled Chaucer's Premodern Mediaexplores the institutional, spiritual, and perceptual contexts of medieval ideas of media, and draws on these to read Chaucer's poetry, especially The Canterbury Tales, as works concerned with the literary capacities of mediation. My peer-reviewed essays on the medieval poetry, genres, and concepts of media have appeared in New Literary History (NLH), Exemplaria, and the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. A forthcoming essay, "Ambient Media and Chaucer's House of Fame," will appear in English Literary History (ELH). I also keep a blog about literature and the writing life.


Submitted by Ingrid L. Nelson on Tuesday, 10/8/2019, at 4:39 PM

FYS Beginnings

Arthurian Literature

Reading Poetry

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Making Literary History I

Avant-Garde Poetry

300- and 400-level courses on medieval literature and poetry.

Publications (selected)

Submitted by Ingrid L. Nelson on Tuesday, 10/8/2019, at 4:36 PM

“Poetics of the Rule: Formalism, Biopolitics, and Chaucer’s Boethian Lyrics.” New Literary History (NLH) 50 (2019): 65-91.

Lyric Tactics: Poetry, Genre and Practice in Later Medieval England.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

“Form’s Practice: Lyrics, Grammars, and the Medieval Idea of the Literary” in The Medieval Literary Beyond Form, ed. Robert J. Meyer-Lee and Catherine Sanok. Boydell and Brewer: in production.

Editor (with Shannon Gayk), "Special Issue: New Approaches to Early English Genres."  Exemplaria 27.1-2 (Spring 2015).

“Introduction: Genre as Form-of-Life.”  With Shannon Gayk.  "Special Issue: New Approaches to Medieval Genre." Exemplaria 27.1-2 (Spring 2015). 

“Premodern Technologies of Transmission in the Man of Law’s Tale.”  Exemplaria 25.3 (Fall 2013), pp. 211-30.

"The Performance of Power in Medieval English Households:  The Case of the Harrowing of Hell." The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (JEGP) 112.1, (Jan. 2013), pp. 48-69.


Submitted by Ingrid L. Nelson on Wednesday, 1/9/2013, at 8:46 AM

Ph.D., English, Harvard University (2010)

M.A., English, University of Colorado (2005)

B.S., Mathematics, College of William and Mary (1997)