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 Middlebury 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); 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);
Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome
- Medieval literature (including Dante
Roman de la Rose)
- Latin classics and the classical
- Biblical commentary
- Gender issues in medieval literature
I am completing a book manuscript:
Reading Troilus and Criseyde.
- English 0091 Romance
- English 101 Old English
- English 107 Chaucer
- English 108 Virgil and Dante
- English 109 Ovid and the Ovidian
- English 191, 291 Seminars on various
topics (e.g., Virgil and Ovid;
Troilus and Criseyde; The Canterbury
- 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).
- "Auctoritee and Allusion in Troilus and
Criseyde," Res Publica Litterarum 7 (1984).
- "Love and Degree in the Franklin's Tale,"
Chaucer Review 21 (1987).
- "Love and the Declining World: Ovid, Genesis, and
Chaucer," Mediaevalia 13 (1987).
- "Domesticating the Exotic in the Squire's Tale,"
ELH 55 (1988). 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
- "Doubling and the Thopas-Melibee Link," in
Essays on Aesthetics and Medieval Literature in Honor of
Howell Chickering (2014).
- "Language Barriers," Studies in Philology
(2015). Louis Round Wilson Prize.
- Entries in the Virgil Encyclopedia (2014)
and the Chaucer Encyclopedia (forthcoming).
- "Hateful Contraries in the Merchant's Tale,"
Critical Survey (2017).
- "Pagan Survivals," in A Companion to Chaucer,
ed. Peter Brown, rev. ed. (Blackwell, 2020).