Dr. Joseph Taylor

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Graduate Studies in English, English Department


Dr. Joseph Taylor's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Medieval and Renaissance Literature​, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • M.A., English Literature, Virginia Tech, 2004
  • B.A., English, Virginia Tech, 1999
  • B.A., History, Virginia Tech, 1999

Classes Taught


  • Modern Language Association
  • New Chaucer Society
  • Medieval Academy of America



  • The Politics of Ecology: Land, Life, and Law in Medieval Britain, co-edited with Randy P. Schiff. Columbus, OH. Ohio State University Press, 2016. Reviews: The Medieval Review ; Medieval Feminist Forum ; Exemplaria ; JEGP

    Articles / Essays

  • "Quiet Riot: A Politics of Noise in the Canterbury Tales." Chaucer Review 52.2 (2018): 178-93.
  • "Arthurian Biopolitics: Sovereignty and Ecology in Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 59.2 (2017): 182-208. (winner of Tony Hilfer Prize for best essay in TSLL 2017)
  • with Randy P. Schiff, "Introduction: The Politics of Ecology" in The Politics of Ecology, 1-30.
  • "Sovereign Ecologies: Managing the King's Bodies in Anglo-Norman Historiography" in The Politics of Ecology, 179-209.
  • "Sovereignty, Oath, and the Profane Life in the Avowing of Arthur," Exemplaria 25.1 (2013): 36-58.
  • ““Me longeth sore to Bernysdale”: Centralization, Resistance and the Bare Life of the Greenwood in A Gest of Robyn Hode,” Modern Philology 110.3 (2013): 313-339.
  • “Chaucer’s Uncanny Regionalism: Rereading the North in the Reeve’s Tale,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 109.4 (2010): 468-489.
  • Book Reviews

  • Review of Susan Nakley. Living in the Future: Sovereignty and Internationalism in the Canterbury Tales. University of Michigan Press, 2017. Arthuriana 28.3 (2018): 117-18.
  • Review of Lynn Staley. The Island Garden: England's Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell. University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. Journal of English and Germanic Philology 113.3 (2014): 382-385.
  • Review of Timothy S. Jones, Outlawry in Medieval Literature. New York: Palgrave, 2010. Journal of English and Germanic Philology 112.2 (2013): 221-224.
  • Review of Neil Cartlidge, ed. Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance. Cambridge: D. S.Brewer, 2012. The Medieval Review (2012)