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Sarah Powrie Associate Professor

STM 446

Research Area(s)

  • Chaucer's dream visions
  • Textual reception
  • Medieval and early modern science


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • M.A., English, Queen’s University
  • B.A., English, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Research Projects

  • Textual Communities, Textual Selves: Essays in Dialogue with Brian Stock, Ed. Sarah Powrie and Gur Zak
  • "Bernard Silvestris' Cosmographia and the Transformation of the Self"
  • "Keats Reading Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'"

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • "Addiction and the Reinterpretation of Desire in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy" Literature and Medicine 39.1 (2021), accepted for publication
  • "Thomas Aquinas" in The Chaucer Encyclopaedia. Ed Richard Newhauser, Vincent Gillespie, Jessica Rosenfeld, and Katie Walter. Wiley-Blackwell, accepted for publication
  • "Geoffrey Chaucer: The Parliament of Fowls" The Literary Encyclopedia. Vol.  Medieval and Early Modern England, 1066-1485. Ed. Kate Ash-Irisarri, David Fuller, Hugh Magennis, Jamie McKinstry, Sarah Peverly. First published 26 October 2017. 
  • “A Moral Garden “Out of Olde Feldes”:  Chaucer's De-allegorized Virtue in the Parliament of Fowls” Modern Philology 114.2 (2016): 170-94
  • "Speculative Tensions: The Blurring of Augustinian Interiority in the Second AnniversaryConnotations 25.1 (2015-16): 1-18, recognized with the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication, 2015
  • "Knowing and Willing in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls," The Chaucer Review 50.3-4 (2015): 368-92.
  • "Nicholas of Cusa's Dialogue with Augustine: The Measure of the Soul's Greatness in De Ludo Globi," Renaissance and Reformation 38.2 (2015): 5-25. 
  • “Lost and Found in Translation: Updating Chaucer’s Status for the Millennial Generation,” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (2015): 53-64.
  • "Spenser's Mutabilitie and the Indeterminate Universe," Studies in English Literature 53.1 (2013):  73-89.
  • "The Importance of Fourteenth-Century Natural Philosophy for Nicholas of Cusa's Infinite Universe," The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87.1 (2013):  33-55.
  • "Transposing World Harmony:  John Donne's Creation Poetics in the Context of a Medieval Tradition"  Studies in Philology 107 (2010):  121-35. 
  • "Alan of Lile's Anticlaudianus as Intertext in Chaucer's House of Fame"  The Chaucer Review 44 (2010):  246-67.
  • “The Celestial Progress of a Deathless Soul:  Donne’s Second Anniversarie John Donne Journal 26 (2010): 73-101.
  • Four entries in Trends in Medieval Studies. ed. Albrecht Classen.  Berlin:  De Gruyter, 2010:   “Historiography of Medieval Science” (666-77), “Pierre Duhem” (2276-79), “Raymond Klibansky” (2418-22) and “Anneliese Meier” (2494-96).

Recent Presentations

  • "Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde: The ‘wond’rous riddle-book’ of 'The Eve of St. Agnes'" Keats's Reading/Reading Keats, Keats House Hampstead, London, UK, July 2018
  • "Boethius and the Biology of Desire" The 53th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2018
  • "Pygmalion's Phantasmic Craft in Machaut's Fonteinne Amoureuse," The 52th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2017
  • "What is Meant by 'hir intent':  The Mystery of Motivation in Troilus and Criseyde," The 52th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2017 
  • "The Book of the Duchess as Ovidian Diptych: Images of Secular Prayer and Memory's Mercy" The 8th Canada Chaucer Seminar, Toronto, April 2016.
  • "Sylvan Images: Augustine's Rhetoric of Unformed Potential" The 50th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2015
  • "The Inner Dialogue of Donne's Second Anniversary" The John Donne Society's sponsored session, The 130th Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, January 2015
  •  Invited Respondent: “Nature and Creation” International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May, 2014
  •  “The Virtues and the Will in Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls” The 49th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2014.
  •  “From Mute Desire to Poetic Plenty:  Silva in Twelfth-Century Allegory” The 60th Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 2014
  • “Allegories of Mutability: Medieval and Early Modern Myths of Nature" The Middle Ages in the Modern World, St. Andrews University, Scotland, June 2013.
  • “Creation and Creativity in the Twelfth-Century Imagination” STM Faculty Seminar Series, St. Thomas More College, February 2013.
  • "Fertile Symmetry of Nature and Humanity in Bernardus Silvestris's Cosmographia" The Modern Language Association, Boston, January 2013.
  • "Al this Mene I by Love" Rethinking the Category of Love The Modern Language Association, Seattle, January 2012.
  • Co-presenter with Michael Cichon, "Every Classroom is a Stage:  Learning Narrative in Performance" The 31st Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference:  From Here to the Horizon, Saskatoon, SK, June 2011.
  • "Spenser's Mutabilitie and the Indeterminate Universe" The Renaissance Society of American, Montreal, March 2011.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • English 110.6 Introduction to Literature and Composition
  • English 277.3 Literary Uses of Mythology
  • English 312.3 Early Chaucer: Romance Tragedy

Administrative Responsibilities

Ad Hoc Committee for Merit Guidelines, Member