|Ann R. Meyer
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College and University
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Fall 2009-present
Affiliate Faculty, George Mason University, Center for Global Education, Semester in Florence Program, Spring 2012
Associate Professor, Claremont McKenna College, Department of Literature, 2003-2009
Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College, Department of Literature, 1997-2003
National Endowment for the Humanities
Senior Academic Advisor, Division of Research Programs (Individual Fellowships; Collaborative Research, Scholarly Editions and Translations), 2007-08; 2009-present
Director, Division of Research Programs,
National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-09
Ph. D. University of Chicago (English Language and Literature), 1997
Dissertation Directors: Michael Murrin and David Bevington
A. M. University of Chicago (English Language and Literature), 1991
A. B. College of William and Mary (English; Phi Beta Kappa), 1989
Areas of teaching and scholarship
Medieval literature (especially English, Italian, and French traditions); medieval mysticism and the intellectual tradition; medieval liturgy, art, and architecture; medieval Mariology; history of criticism (classical, medieval, early modern); Renaissance literature
Publications and Research
Medieval Allegory and the Building of the New Jerusalem (Cambridge, UK:
D. S. Brewer, 2003).
Reviewed by Ruth Evans in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, Vol. 81, No.1 (January 2006): 243-45.
“This wide-ranging and exhaustively researched study is about how ‘architecture, allegory, and revelation worked together in an effort to represent the New Jerusalem on earth (p.1).’ It meticulously teases out many of the strands that went into the medieval tradition of the Celestial City . . . The volume addresses a very diverse readership: it touches on classical architectural theory, theology, philosophy, art history, and literary criticism” (p. 243).
Current book project: Dante’s Marian Mysticism and Incarnational Allegory
Editor and contributor: Lectura Dantis, Paradiso: A Canto-by-Canto Commentary, with eds. Anthony Oldcorn and Charles Ross (in progress) [Lectura Dantis, Inferno (1999) and Lectura Dantis, Purgatorio (2008), eds. Allen Mandelbaum, Anthony Oldcorn, and Charles Ross, U of California Press].
Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl, chapters: “Allegory and Symbolism”; “Pearl and Medieval Architecture.” Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series, The Modern Language Association [forthcoming, 2014].
“Plotinian Image and the Medieval Representation of Divinity,” in Dreams and Visions: an Interdisciplinary Enquiry. Vol. 2 of Presenting the Past: Central Issues in Medieval and Early Modern Studies across the Disciplines, ed. Nancy van Deusen (Leiden/Boston: Brill Publishers, 2010).
“Eleanor of Aquitaine,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie Smith (New York: Oxford UP, 2008), 2.169-70.
“The Despensers and the Gawain Poet: A Gloucestershire Link to the Alliterative Master of the Northwest Midlands,” Chaucer Review, 35 (2001): 413-29.
“Shakespeare’s Art and the Texts of King Lear,” Studies in Bibliography, 47 (1994): 128-46.
Appraised in G. Thomas Tanselle, “Textual Instability and Editorial Idealism,” Studies in Bibliography, 49 (1996): 34-36. Selected discussions and citations: “A Note on the Text,” The Riverside Shakespeare: The Complete Works, ed. G. Blakemore Evans, 2nd edition (1997): 1345; The Arden Shakespeare: King Lear, ed. R. A. Foakes, 3rd series, 1997 (reprint 2005): 130, 132, 138, 425; Gordon McMullan, Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing: Authorship in the Proximity of Death (2007): 306; John Jowett, “Editing Shakespeare’s Plays in the 20th Century,” Shakespeare Survey, 59 (2007): 15; Adele Davidson, Shakespeare in Shorthand: The Textual Mystery of King Lear (2008): 306.
Private Libraries in Renaissance England (PLRE), R. J. Fehrenbach and E. S. Leedham Green, eds. (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies): “William Dayrell, Scholar,” (1998): 63 – 68. “Thomas Neale, Scholar,” (1995): 125-126.
Reviews: Essays on Ricardian Literature in Honor of J. A. Burrow, eds. A. J. Minnis, Charlotte Morse and Thorlac Turville-Petre (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997), for The Medieval Review [online]. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, 1993- [cited August 2000]. ISSN: 1096-746X. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture, Peter Barnet and Nancy Wu (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), in Medievalia et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture (2007) 106-12.
Consultant and Co-author: Shakespeare: The Major Tragedies (educational video), Cerebellum Corporation, Falls Church, VA (May, 2000).
Current article-length projects:
Chaucer’s Visions and his Response to the Philosophical Allegorists The Chantry Movement and Early English Drama
Dante and the 13th-century Debates on Faith and Reason
Dante’s Introduction to Mariology: Purgatorio I-IX
Advanced professional proficiency: French, Italian, Latin, Middle English, Old French
Good professional proficiency: German, Old English, Old Occitan
Georgetown University (Fall 2009- present)
From Chaucer to Shakespeare (graduate)
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in Medieval Religion, Literature, and Art (undergraduate and graduate)
Faith and Reason in the Middle Ages (undergraduate)
Medieval Apocalypse: Word, Image, Stone (undergraduate and graduate)
The Medieval Cathedral: Gothic Architecture and the Catholic Imagination (graduate,)
Chaucer and the Late Medieval Renaissance (graduate)
Director, Masters Theses:
Cassandra Walker: The Black Madonna in Medieval France: Word and Image (2011)
Paula Morrison: Medieval Portraiture: Identity as Symbol in Sacred Art (2011)
Renee Fox: Mariology and Late Medieval Vernacular Mysticism (2013)
George Mason University
Semester in Florence Program (Spring 2012): Dante Seminar (undergraduate)
Claremont McKenna College (1997-2007)
Composition and Literary Analysis (with introduction to literary genres from ancient to modern traditions)
Early British Literature: Old English Period through 17th century
History of the English Language
Shakespeare: The Tragedies
Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages
Early Women Writers: Medieval Europe (9th - 15th centuries)
The Bible in Medieval Art and Literature
Supervision of Senior Theses (topics)
Philosophical and Theological Contexts of King Lear
Hell and the After-life in Medieval Literature
Tennyson’s Treatment of Medieval Arthurian Myth
Chaucer and the Creation of Medieval Social Authority
Pearl, Dante, and Medieval Representations of the Earthly Paradise
Salvador Dali’s Images of The Divine Comedy and the Medieval Allegorical Tradition
Violence and Women in Shakespeare
Tied Up in Celtic Knots: Theories of Translation—Medieval to Modern—and Seamus Heaney’s Translation of Beowulf
From Antichrist to Trusted Advisor: Robert de Boron’s Influence on the Character of Merlin in Arthurian Literature
“Tak al my good, and lat my body go”: The Convergence of Gender, Comedy, and the Body in Medieval Literature
Doctoral Dissertation Committee: “Chaucer and the Harp: Stringed Musical Instruments in The Canterbury Tales”
Conferences and Invited Presentations
“Dante’s Franciscan Mariology,” Dante Workshop, Yale University (Directed by Professor G. Mazzotta), April, 2013 (canceled due to death in family)
“Medieval Pilgrimage and The Canterbury Tales,” Program of Liberal Studies, Georgetown University, April, 2013
“Dante, Mary, and the Philosophers: Incarnational Allegory in Purgatorio, National Endowment for the Humanities Lecture, August 2012.
“Incarnational Allegory in the Divine Comedy,” Lecture, George Mason University, 15 April 2010.
“Plotinian Image and the Medieval Representation of Divinity,” Plato in the Middle Ages. International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 8 May 2009.
Chaired Session: “Dante II: Perspectives on Dante’s Paradise.” International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 9 May 2009.
“From Hebrew Girl to Christian Queen: the Exaltation of Mary in Medieval France,” The Benjamin J. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, September 15, 2004.
“Chaucer and Dante: 14th-Century Poet-Philosophers Amid Cave Dwellers,” A Light in the Cave: Aspects of Illumination from Homer to Derrida. A Symposium, Claremont Graduate University, 24 February 2001.
“Abelard’s Philosophical Milieu,” International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 4 May 2000.
“Apocalypticism in Chaucer,” International Medieval Congress,
University of Leeds, UK, 12 July 1999.
“Plotinus, Liturgy, and the Architectural Program at St.-Denis,”
Plotinus and His Visions: The Alexandrian Intellectual World in Transition, A Conference on Hellenistic Culture, Claremont Graduate University, 26 February 1999.
“The Gawain-poet and the Despenser Family in Late Medieval England,” International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 8 May 1997.
“Pearl in its Architectural Setting,” Medieval Guild Conference, Columbia University, 26 October 1996.
“English Chantries and Late Medieval Eschatology,” Medieval Workshop, University of Chicago, 4 December 1996.
Honors and Fellowships
Research Grants, Dean of Faculty’s Office, Claremont McKenna College, fall, 2005; summer 2006.
Benjamin J. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, Claremont McKenna College, Summer Research Grants, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship,
Huntington Library, July 2001.
Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing,
Newberry Library, July 1998.
Selected for the Institute in Archival Sciences: Medieval Latin Paleography and Codicology, Newberry Library, July 1998.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 1995-96.
Overseas Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, September 1995.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1990-94.
Century Scholar, University of Chicago, 1990-94.
Murray Brademan Borish Prize, best senior thesis and graduating student, Department of English (High Honors), College of William and Mary, 1989.
Phi Beta Kappa, College of William and Mary, 1989
National Endowment for the Humanities
Director, Division of Research Programs, 2008-09
Senior Academic Advisor, Division of Research Programs, 2007-08
Claremont McKenna College
Committee for Off-Campus Study and Study Abroad
Advisory Board, Benjamin J. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies
Council member: Claremont Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Faculty mentor for national awards: Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, Marshall, and Mitchell Fellowships
Departmental committees (third-year renewal and tenure evaluation; searches for new faculty)
Freshmen orientation and advising
Claremont Colleges Library Council
Committee for Information Systems and Technology.
Committee for cross-disciplinary Classics Major
Committee for intercollegiate and cross-disciplinary Major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Council member, The Claremont Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 1998-07.
Editorial Board, Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-09
Editorial Board, Medievalia et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture, 2006-07.
Contributing editor, Private Libraries in Renaissance England, (Binghamton, New York: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies) 1994-2000.
The Medieval Academy of America
The New Chaucer Society
The Modern Language Association of America