Samantha Seal

Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 349H, Durham, NH 03824
Samantha Seal

Samantha Katz Seal is a scholar of the human body and human difference in medieval English literature. 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," will be 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 has also co-edited (with Dr. Nicole Nolan Sidhu of East Carolina University) two special journal issues about the changing nature of feminist inquiry in medieval studies; "New Feminist Approaches to Chaucer" from The Chaucer Review, and "New Feminisms" from postmedieval will both be published in 2019. She is currently at work on two new book projects. The first, Chaucerian Dynasty: The Father of English Poetry and His Family," is a biography of the Chaucerian family from the fourteenth to seventeenth century. Her second new project, "The Jew's Canon," is a historiographical study of the contributions by Jewish scholars to the formation of the English literary canon.


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • B.A., Washington University - St Louis

Research Interests

  • Chaucer
  • Digital humanities
  • Disability studies
  • Feminist and queer theory
  • History of medicine and the body
  • Human Reproduction/Fertility
  • Jewish Studies
  • Medieval History
  • Medieval literature
  • Women's Studies

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 419: Writing about Literature
  • 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 787: English Major Seminar
  • ENGL 925: Graduate Study of Literature
  • ENGL 956: Sem/Medieval Literature

Selected Publications

Seal, S. L. (n.d.). Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.