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Nicole Nolan Sidhu

Office: Bate 2122
Phone: 252-328-5565

Nicole Nolan Sidhu has published widely on issues of gender and sexuality in medieval literature. Her article on Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale recently won honorable mention in the 2009 Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship best article competition. She is currently working on a book entitled, Obscene Revisions: Gender Comedy in Middle English Literature. The book examines the revisions and alterations to obscene comic discourse carried out in late medieval English literature, including the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, John Lydgate, the Book of Margery Kempe, and the cycle drama.

B.A. University of Toronto
M.A. Rutgers University
Ph.D. Rutgers University

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Middle English Literature
Old French Literature
Feminist Literary Theory and Gender Studies
Cultural Studies
Canadian Literature

Courses Taught
6116: Medieval Literature
MRST 5000: Women in Medieval Literature

5330: Studies in Women's Literature
4020: Chaucer
4010: Medieval Literature
3600: Classics from Homer to Dante
3300: Women in Literature
3000: History of British Literature to 1700
2100: Major British Writers
1200: Composition
1100: Composition

Selected Publications and Presentations
Love in a Cold Climate: The Future of Feminism and Gender Studies in Middle English Scholarship.” Literature Compass 6.4 (2009): 864-885.

“'To Late for to Crie': Female Desire, Fabliau Politics and Classical Legend in Chaucer's Reeve's Tale.” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 21 (2009): 3-23.

Weeping for the Virtuous Wife: Laymen, Affective Piety, and Chaucer’s Griselda.” In Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household. Ed. Jeremy Goldberg and Maryanne Kowaleski. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 177-208

“Henpecked Husbands, Unruly Wives, and Royal Authority in Lydgate's Mumming at Hertford.” Chaucer Review 42 (2008): 431-60.

“Go-Betweens: the Old Woman and the Function of Obscenity in the Old French Fabliau.” In Comic Provocations:  Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux. Ed. Holly A. Crocker. Forward, R. Howard Bloch. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.


Review of Transforming Talk by Susan Phillips. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 30 (2008).

“Tales from the Other White South: a review of historical memoirs by Timothy B. Tyson and
Karl Fleming.” North Carolina Literary Review, 15 (2006): 153-57.

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