Jamie C. Fumo

WMS 413
Medieval English literature, especially Chaucer; intertextuality and reception; classical transmission; authorship; comparative studies

JAMIE C. FUMO, Professor, Ph.D. Princeton (2003), M.A. Princeton (2001), B.A. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1998). Dr. Fumo specializes in medieval English literature and culture, particularly Chaucer and his contemporaries, with a subsidiary interest in classical reception. Her work engages the dynamic relationships between literary texts and traditions, medieval conceptions of authorship and authorial exchanges, and the operation of premodern textualities. She is fascinated by how early literary texts constitute and contemplate themselves, and how they talk back—and sometimes forward—to other texts.

Most recently, Dr. Fumo has completed a monograph that provides a rigorous and critically balanced assimilation of Chaucer's Book of the Duchess, the story of its reception and dissemination, and the major trends in its interpretive history into the fabric of twenty-first century Chaucer studies. Current projects include an edited collection of essays on new directions in Book of the Duchess scholarship and a book project on the cultural significance and literary representation of shadows in medieval English literature.


  • Making Chaucer's Book of the Duchess: Textuality and Reception. New Century Chaucer Series. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2015.
  • Vehicles of Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Textual Culture. Co-edited with Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, and Carlos Fraenkel. Turnhout: Brepols Press (Cursor Mundi 4), 2012.
  • The Legacy of Apollo: Antiquity, Authority, and Chaucerian Poetics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Selected Articles and Essays

  • "Ovid in the Middle Ages." In Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. New York: Oxford University Press, March 30, 2017. Read article
  • "The 'alderbeste yifte': Objects and the Poetics of Munificence in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess." Exemplaria 28.4 (2016): 277-96.
  • "Ancient Chaucer: Temporalities of Fame." Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception, ed. Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015. Pp. 201-20.
  • "Commentary and Collaboration in the Medieval Allegorical Tradition." A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid, ed. John F. Miller and Carole E. Newlands. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Pp. 114-28.
  • "The Pestilential Gaze: From Epidemiology to Erotomania in the Knight's Tale." Studies in the Age of Chaucer 35 (2013): 85-136.
  • "Ovid's New Clothes: Text and Image in Caxton's 'Booke of Ouyde' (1480) and Contemporary Prose Moralizations of the Metamorphoses." Vehicles of Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Textual Culture. Ed. Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, Jamie C. Fumo, and Carlos Fraenkel. Turnhout: Brepols Press (Cursor Mundi 4), 2012. Pp. 313-33.
  • "Hating Criseyde: Last Words on a Heroine from Chaucer to Henryson." Chaucer Review 46.1/2 (2011): 20-38.
  • "The Ends of Love: (Meta)physical Desire in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Middle English Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming. Ed. Robert Epstein and William Robins. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. Pp. 68-90.
  • "The Consolations of Philosophy: Later Medieval Elegy." The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy. Ed. Karen Weisman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Pp. 118-34.
  • "Romancing the Rose: Apuleius, Guillaume de Lorris, and Moral Horticulture." Modern Philology 107.3 (2010): 343-79.
  • "Metamorphoses Metamorphosed: Teaching the Ovidian Tradition." Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition. Ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox. New York: Modern Language Association, 2010. Pp. 212-18.
  • "John Metham's 'straunge style': Amoryus and Cleopes as Chaucerian Fragment." Chaucer Review 43.2 (2008): 215-37.
  • "Argus' Eyes, Midas' Ears, and the Wife of Bath as Storyteller." Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Alison Keith and Stephen Rupp. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2007. Pp. 129-50.
  • "Chaucer as Vates?: Reading Ovid through Dante in the House of Fame, Book 3." Writers Reading Writers: Intertextual Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature in Honor of Robert Hollander. Ed. Janet Levarie Smarr. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007. Pp. 89-108.
  • "Books of the Duchess: Eleanor Cobham, Henryson's Cresseid, and the Politics of Complaint." Viator 37 (2006): 447-77.
  • "The God of Love and Love of God: Palinodic Exchange in The Prologue of the Legend of Good Women and the 'Retraction.'" The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception. Ed. Carolyn Collette. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006. Pp. 157-75.
  • "Aurelius' Prayer, Franklin's Tale 1031-79: Sources and Analogues." Neophilologus 88 (2004): 623-35.
  • "Thinking Upon the Crow: The Manciple's Tale and Ovidian Mythography." Chaucer Review 38.4 (2004): 355-75.
  • "'Little Troilus': Heroides 5 and Its Ovidian Contexts in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." Studies in Philology 100.3 (2003): 278-314.
  • "An Interpretive Crux in Januarie's Garden: Chaucer's Merchant's Tale and the Crucifixion." Mediaevalia 23 (2002): 1-37.


  • Committee on Faculty Research Support Award, FSU, 2016
  • Programme d'établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs, FQRSC (Quebec) 2008-11
  • Co-applicant, Équipe en functionnement grant, FQRSC (Quebec) 2008-12
  • Co-applicant, Équipe en émergence grant, FQRSC (Quebec) 2006-08
  • Virginia Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship in Paleography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, Ohio State University, 2004
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University, 2002-03
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1998-99

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