Monika C. Otter

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of English

I teach medieval English literature. My research focuses on Latin, French, and English literature from England and northern France, 11th–13th centuries. I have worked on historiography, saints’ lives, romance, and the complicated interfaces between these genres; the development of ‘fiction’ as an idea and as a category of literature; women’s literature and gender issues. Translation theory is another interest of mine.


Sanborn, Room 209
HB 6032


  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • M.A. University of Massachusetts
  • Ph.D. Columbia University

Selected Publications

  • “Neither/Neuter: Hildebert’s Hermaphrodite and the Medieval Latin Epigram,” in Studi Medieval , (2007).

  • “Prolixitas Temporum: Futurity in Medieval Narratives,” in Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning , R Stein and S Prior (eds.), (2005).

  • The Book of Encouragement and Comfort: Goscelin’s Letter to the Recluse Eva , (2004).

  • “Baudri of Bourgueil, ‘To Countess Adela’,” Journal of Medieval Latin , 11 (2001) 61-142.

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Works In Progress

First Persons: Voices and Characters in Medieval Latin Literature ; article on Italian 16th-century moresche