Samantha Katz Seal is a scholar of the human body and human difference in medieval English literature, with a particular focus on mechanisms of heredity and reproduction. Her work brings together feminist theory with medieval medicine, the digital humanities, and the history of Jews and medieval anti-Judaism. Dr. Seal's first book, "Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales," was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, as part of the Medieval Literature and Culture series. This book is a study of Geoffrey Chaucer's search for human authority through metaphors of poetic and paternal creation.
Dr. Seal is currently at work on two new book projects. The first, "Chaucer's Heirs: The Rise and Fall of a Poetic Dynasty in Late Medieval England," is a literary biography of the Chaucer family, and was supported by a 2019-2020 ACLS fellowship. Dr. Seal's second current project, "Of Cristen Blood," is an account of the racialization of Christianity in late medieval Europe. For more information on Dr. Seal's work, see https://www.samanthakatzseal.com/
Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
B.A., Washington University - St Louis
Feminist and queer theory
History of medicine and the body
ENGL 419: Writing about Literature
ENGL 510: Intro to Digital Humanties
ENGL 512: British Lit I Age of Heroes
ENGL 585: Intro to Women in Literature
ENGL 595W: Literary Topics
ENGL 693: Special Topics in Literature
ENGL 751: Medieval Epic and Romance
ENGL 756: Chaucer
ENGL 787: English Major Seminar
ENGL 925: Graduate Study of Literature
Seal, S. L. (2019). Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Seal, S. L. (2019). “Chaucer’s Other “Wyf”: Philippa Chaucer, the Critics, and the English Canon,”. The Chaucer Review, (New Feminist Approaches to Chaucer).
Seal. (2017). Reading Like a Jew: Chaucer's <em>Physician's Tale</em> and the Letter of the Law. The Chaucer Review, 52(3), 298. doi:10.5325/chaucerrev.52.3.0298