John M. Fyler
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 304, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1972
M.A., Berkeley, 1967
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1965
Born in Chicago. Taught at Tufts since 1971; at the Bread Loaf School
of English (summer) since 1995; on-site director, Bread Loaf, Lincoln College,
Oxford (2001-2, 2005-6, 2009-10). Fellowships: Chancellor's Traveling Fellowship in English
(1969-70); National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (1973);
American Council of Learned Societies (1975-76); John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation (1982-83); ACLS Travel Grant (1984); Tufts Summer
Faculty Fellowship (1992); Camargo
Foundation, Cassis, France (fall 2002);
Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (winter
2003); Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Liguria Study Center, Bogliasco,
Italy (September-October 2008); Andrew M.
Mellon Fellowship, Huntington Library, San
Marino, CA (Spring 2009).
- Medieval literature (including Dante and the Roman de la Rose)
- Latin classics and the classical tradition
- Biblical commentary
- Gender issues in medieval literature
I am completing two books: a collection of essays
on Troilus and Criseyde, and a second book on
medieval ideas about language, supplementing
Language and the Declining World (2007).
- English 101 Old English
- English 105 Middle English
- English 107 Chaucer
- English 108 Virgil and Dante
- English 109 Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition
- English 191, 291 Seminars in various topics (e.g., Virgil and Ovid; Troilus and Criseyde; The Canterbury Tales; Spenser; Romance)
- Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun.
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 63, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- Chaucer and Ovid (Yale University Press, 1979). Chapter One rpt. in
Ovid: The Classical Heritage, ed. William S. Anderson (1995).
- Editor, The House of Fame, for
The Riverside Chaucer, 3rd ed., ed. Larry Benson (Houghton Mifflin, 1987).
- "The Fabrications of Pandarus,"
Modern Language Quarterly 41 (1980), 115-30.
- "Auctoritee and Allusion in Troilus and Criseyde,"
Res Publica Litterarum 7 (1984), 73-92.
- "Love and Degree in the Franklin's Tale,"
Chaucer Review 21 (1987), 321-37.
- "Love and the Declining World: Ovid, Genesis, and Chaucer,"
Mediaevalia 13 (1987), 295-307.
- "Domesticating the Exotic in the
Squire's Tale," ELH 55 (1988), 1-26. Rpt. in
Chaucer's Cultural Geography, ed. Kathryn Lynch (Routledge & Garland, 2002).
- "St. Augustine, Genesis, and the Origin of Language," in
Saint Augustine and His Influence in the Middle Ages, ed. Edward B. King and Jacqueline T. Schaefer (1988).
- "Man, Men, and Women in Chaucer's Poetry," in
The Olde Daunce: Love, Friendship, Sex, & Marriage in the Medieval World, ed. Robert R. Edwards and Stephen Spector (1992).
- "Chaucerian Romance and the World Beyond Europe," in
Literary Aspects of Courtly Culture, ed. Donald Maddox and Sara Sturm-Maddox (1994).
- "Froissart and Chaucer," in Froissart Across the Genres, ed. Donald Maddox and Sara Sturm-Maddox (1998).
- "Pagan Survivals," in A Companion to Chaucer, ed. Peter Brown (Blackwell, 2000).