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Cook's portrait, Ellesmere MS, Huntington Library

Cook’s portrait, Ellesmere MS, Huntington Library

Associate Professor of English
Director, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program

In addition to my position in the Department of English at the University of Michigan., I am also the Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, and an Affiliate in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages and Literatures. My research interests include medieval English literature, Chaucer, Dante, English-Italian literary and cultural relations (14th-16th centuries), translation, and vernacularization. Secondary interests include history of the English language, linguistic theory and earlier texts, and narrative theory. After receiving my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1983, I taught at Yale University 1981-89, and came to UM in 1989.