Peter W. Travis

Professor of English, Emeritus

My primary interests are medieval literature and contemporary critical theory. I teach courses on old and medieval English language and literature and developed and taught a course on contemporary masculinities called The Masculine Mystique. In 2010 I published Disseminal Chaucer, Rereading the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, which won the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism.


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  • B.A. Bowdoin College
  • M.Litt. Trinity College, Dublin
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • “The English Department in the Globalized University,” ADE Bulletin , 139 (2006) 51-56.

  • “The Body of The Nun’s Priest, or, Chaucer’s Disseminal Genius,” in Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning , R M Stein and S Pierson Prior (eds.), (2005), 231-247.

  • “The Manciple’s Phallic Matrix,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer , 25, (2003), 317-324.

  • “White,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer , 22, (2000), 1-66.

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Works In Progress

Disseminal Chaucer: Misreading in the Nun’s Priest’s Tale ; "Aesop’s Medieval Animots "