John M. Fyler
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 209, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Professor, Department Chair
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).