Michelle R. Warren

Academic Appointments

Professor, Comparative Literature
Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Senior Advisor for Faculty Development, Diversity, and Inclusion – Arts and Sciences

Research: My motto is: “The Middle Ages Aren’t Old.” I am a scholar of medieval Europe by training, firmly grounded in contemporary global concerns. I study how the past shapes the present and how the present shapes our views of the past. My projects typically connect small things to big ideas: a single word choice to ethnic nationalism, an epigraph to colonial memory, a reader’s note in a book to social power relations. My most recent project has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Teaching:  My favorite recent courses are Race in the Middle Ages, Spectacle and Exhibitionism, Global Medievalism, and Global Literary Theory. Students are often unsure what to expect when they sign up for one of my classes: they come with some curiosity and leave with even more. My pedagogy is informed by the principles of Intergroup Dialogue, which distinguishes dialogue from discussion and debate. In my classes, students learn how these principles make for both effective scholarly writing and strong social relations. All of my courses include research, so that students learn how to ask meaningful questions that can lead to new knowledge.

Mentoring:  In Comparative Literature, I work with students interested in translation, postcolonial studies, digital humanities, critical theory, and all aspects of medieval literature. In the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, I work with students committed to addressing racial underrepresentation in higher education. My MMUF advisees come from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and interdisciplinary programs; they prepare to earn PhDs and become professors. As a Senior Fellow with the Society of Fellows, I have engaged with postdoctoral fellows on a wide variety of early career issues. Finally,  I am actively involved with campus-wide efforts to increase racial diversity, promote equity, and foster cultures of inclusion.

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HB 6051
Comparative Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D. Stanford University (1993)
M.A. Stanford University (1991)
B.A. University of California - Berkeley (1988)

Selected Publications

Remix the Medieval Manuscript: Experiments in Digital Infrastructure.” Archive Journal (co-author with Bay Lauris ByrneSim and Laura Braunstein) (September 2018).

“Good History, Bad Romance, and the Making of Literature.” Thinking Medieval Romance. Ed. Nicola MacDonald and Katherine Little. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 205-22.

"Chaucer and the Future of World Literature," Literature Compass 15.6 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12446

“‘The Last Syllable of Modernity’: Chaucer in the Caribbean.”  postmedieval 6.1 (2015): 79-93.

Philology and the Mirage of Time, editor; special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, vol. 5.4 (2014).

Situating the Middle English Prose Brut, editor; special issue of Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, vol. 3.2 (2014).

Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier’s Middle Ages  (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Arts of Calculation: Quantifying Thought in Early Modern Europe, co-editor with David Glimp (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, co-editor with Patricia Clare Ingham (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

History on the Edge: Excalibur and the Borders of Britain, 1100-1300  (University of Minnesota Press, 2000).

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Works in progress

Holy Digital Grail: A Medieval Book on the Internet

Remix the Mansucript: A Chronicle of Digital Experiments