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/

Recent lectures and publications:

"Practicing Ecocriticism" and "How the Forest Became the Wilderness," Bethany College, Bethany WV, 24 September 2019.  Read the summaries in my Environmental Humanities section.

“Night, Moonlight, and Genre in Le Morte Darthur,” at the Malory at 550: Old and New conference, Acadia University, Wolfville NS Canada, 8 August, 2019.

“Practicing Ecocriticism,” Svartárkot Culture/Nature Program, Kiðagil, Bárðardalur, Northern Iceland, August 2018. Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

"Exemplary Environments: Isidorean Paradigms in Medieval English Encyclopedias," the 24th annual conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Scottsdale, AZ, 9 February 2018. Published as "The Exemplary Environment of Bartholomaeus Anglicus," 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, 2020). Read the summary in my Environmental Humanities section.

"Palimpsest, Confession, Palinode, Retraction: A Taxonomy of Arthurian Revision" 25th Congress of the International Arthurian Society in Würzburg, Germany, 27 July 2017.  Published as "Retraction and the Making of Arthurian Texts," Arthuriana 29.1 (2019), 10-23.

“Bartholomaeus Anglicus.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, in “Medieval Studies,” ed. Paul E. Szarmach.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2017-03-30.  URL: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396584/obo-9780195396584-0225.xml?rskey=Jp1S2l&result=1.

"Architectural Satire in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve," Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016), 310-37, co-authored with medieval archeologist Scott Stull (IC and SUNY Cortland) (available in Project Muse).

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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