Michael Twomey

Michael Twomey

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
Phone:(607) 274-3564
Office:329 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fall 2016 schedule:

MWF 10:00 ENGL 23200-01 Medieval Literature
MWF 2:00 ENGL 23200-02 Medieval Literature
TR 4:00 ENGL 42500/52000 History and Structure
          of the English Language
MWF 9-10 Office hours

Courses I teach at IC:

My regular courses are about medieval literature, the English language, and the Bible. Since 2002, when I started a Latin program that is now part of the Classics Minor, I have also taught Latin. Through grants from the Keck and Hewlett foundations as well as from Ithaca College, I have promoted the use of technology in humanities teaching.  

For my teaching and scholarship on Environmental Humanities, please click on the Environmental Humanities link (left).

  • ENGL 20012 Intermediate Honors Seminar:  Wilderness in the Western Mind
  • ENGL 23200 Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 32300 Biblical Interpretation in Judaism and Christianity
  • ENGL 32400 Literature of the Bible
  • ENGL 32500 Studies in Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 41000 Seminar in Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 42500 History and Structure of the English Language
  • ENGL 52000 History and Structure of the English Language
  • LATN 29900, 39900, 49900 Independent Study in 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/

Professional organizations:

  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
  • International Arthurian Society
  • International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE)
  • Medieval Academy of America

Good news!

Medieval archeologist Scott Stull (IC and SUNY Cortland) and I have published an article about a previously undetected way that Geoffrey Chaucer satirizes two of the characters in his Canterbury Tales: "Architectural Satire in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve," Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016), 310-37 (available in Project Muse).

Steve Hartman, IC English 1987, writes about the work of our Icelandic team in the Swedish journal Biodiverse; for an English version of the article, see http://www.biodiverse.se/articles/revealing-environmental-memory-what-the-study-of-medieval-literature-can-tell-us-about-long-term-environmental-change/

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. 

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.

On May 15, 2015, I gave a paper titled "The Arthurian Ecotone" at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

On March 24, 2015, I gave a talk at Columbia University for the Seminar on Religion and Writing and the Seminar on Medieval Studies.  See the title and abstract here.

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