Nicole Nolan Sidhu

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2122
Phone: 252.328.5565
E-Mail: sidhun@ecu.edu


Nicole Nolan Sidhu has published widely on issues of gender and sexuality in medieval literature. Her article on Chaucer's Clerk's Tale won honorable mention in the 2009 Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship best article competition. She is a winner of the Bertie Fearing Excellence in Teaching Award and the Department of English Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award. Her monograph, Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics, and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2016. The book examines how Middle English writers use the discourse of obscene comedy to examine and critique political relations, both in the household and in the larger society. Its subjects include the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and John Lydgate, as well as the Book of Margery Kempe, and the biblical drama.


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

Research Interests

Middle English Literature
Old French Literature
Feminist Literary Theory and Gender Studies
Cultural Studies
Canadian Literature

Courses Taught

ENGL 6116: Medieval Literature
MRST 5000: Women in Medieval Literature
ENGL 5330: Studies in Women's Literature
ENGL 4020: Chaucer
ENGL 4010: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3600: Classics from Homer to Dante
ENGL 3300: Women in Literature
ENGL 3000: History of British Literature to 1700
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 2100: Major British Writers
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics, and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature. (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

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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