Cristina Maria Cervone

Professor, Director of English Honors Program

Patterson 411
Office Hours
By Appointment


M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
B.A. Williams College


Academic Summary

Dr. Cervone's areas of specialty include Chaucer, Langland, alliterative poetry, poetic form and poetics, metaphor, allegory, cognitive linguistics, textual criticism, material culture and the visual arts, theology, Ricardian England, and history of the English language. She is currently writing a book on metaphor, the vernacular, and poetics. 

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Edited Books 

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Wondering through Middle English Lyric," in What Kind of a Thing is a Middle English Lyric? 
  • "Introduction: Why Stonde We? Why Go We Not?," with Nicholas Watson, in What Kind of a Thing is a Middle English Lyric?
  • "A. C. Spearing's Work and Influence," with D. Vance Smith, in Readings in Medieval Textuality.
  • "'I' and 'We' in Chaucer's Complaint unto Pity," in Readings in Medieval Textuality.
  • "(Im)materiality and Chaucer's Temple of Mars," English Language Notes 53.2 (2015): 103–17.
  • "Julian of Norwich and John Capgrave: 'foule black dede hame'/'hame of blyndnes',"Journal of English and Germanic Philology 114 (2015): 88–96.
  • "John de Cobham and Cooling Castle's Charter Poem," Speculum 83 (2008): 884–916.
  • "Langland and the Truelove Tradition," Yearbook of Langland Studies 22 (2008): 27–55.
  • "Christ the Falcon," Notes and Queries 253.3 (2008): 277–82.
  • "The 'Soule' Crux in Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love," Review of English Studies 55 (2004): 151-56.

Short Pieces and Poems

  • "Poetics," in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser et al. (Wiley, forthcoming)
  • "Announcing a Literary Find Apparently Related to the Gawain-poet," in Readings in Medieval Textuality


Select Fellowships

  • Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 2016–17.
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2011–12.
  • Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, 2007–8.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2002–3.