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/

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

Recent news:

Read the September 8, 2017, interview in the Ithaca College Chronicle about my work in the Citizens' Climate Lobby:  "From Medieval Classics to Climate Activism."

On July 27, 2017, I presented a paper, "Palimpsest, Confession, Palinode, Retraction: A Taxonomy of Arthurian Revision," in a session on Arthurian retraction at the 25th Congress of the International Arthurian Society in Würzburg, Germany.

Together with other members of our Icelandic team, Steve Hartman, IC English 1987, writes about our recent work in environmental humanities in "Medieval Iceland, Greenland, and the New Human Condition: A Case Study in Integrated Environmental Humanities," published in Global and Planetary Change, April 2017.  DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.04.007

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).

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.

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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