Michael Twomey

Michael Twomey

Retired Dana Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Graduate Study in Education
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Classical Studies
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Specialty:Medieval Literature, the Bible, the English language, Latin

Public web page:

  • Travels With Sir Gawain: Mapping Gawain's Journey from Camelot to Hautdesert in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    URL: https://sites.google.com/site/travelswithsirgawain/


On August 28, 2018, I presented a two-hour lecture, “Practicing Ecocriticism,” an introduction to ecocriticism with a special section on the significance of environmental memory in the environmental history of Iceland; location: Svartárkot Culture/Nature Program, Kiðagil, Bárðardalur, Northern Iceland. Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

On February 9, 2018, I presented a paper, "Exemplary Environments: Isidorean Paradigms in Medieval English Encyclopedias," at the 24th annual conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Scottsdale, AZ.  Under the title "The Exemplary Environments of Isidore of Seville and Bartholomaeus Anglicus," the revised paper is forthcoming in Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Natural World and Environment in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. Thomas Willard (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies / Turnhout: Brepols, 2019). Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

On July 27, 2017, I presented a paper, "Palimpsest, Confession, Palinode, Retraction: A Taxonomy of Arthurian Revision," at the 25th Congress of the International Arthurian Society in Würzburg, Germany.  Under the title "Retraction and the Making of Arthurian Texts," the revised paper is forthcoming in the journal Arthuriana in 2019.edieval archeologist Scott Stull (IC and SUNY Cortland) and I have published an article about a previously unrecognized dimension of Geoffrey Chaucer's satire of John the Carpenter and Symkyn the Miller in the Canterbury Tales: "Architectural Satire in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve," Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016), 310-37 (available in Project Muse).

In June 2015, I taught environmental humanities in the Svartárkot Culture-Nature Program in Kiðagil, Bárðardalur, Northern Iceland.  The course was titled “Understanding the Human Dimensions of Long-Term Environmental Change: Transformations of Iceland From the Viking Era Through the Late Medieval Period (CE 850-1500).”  Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

The newest edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in The Works of the Gawain Poet, edited by Ad Putter and Myra Stokes of the University of Bristol, UK (London: Penguin, 2014), adopts my reading of the manuscript's version of the name of Morgan le Fay in lines 2446 and 2452: "Morgue la faye."  Moreover, the editors' note to these lines gives a lengthy summary of my argument for this reading, which appeared in the journal Anglia 117 (1999), 542-57. 

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