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Susanna Fein

Literature Program Chair
Ph.D., M.A. Harvard
M.A. University of Virginia
A.B. University of Chicago

Susanna Fein is Professor of English and Coordinator of the A&S Minor in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (AMRS). She has served terms as English Department Chair , Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, and Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Literature.  She was 2010 Bloomfield Fellow in Medieval English Studies at Harvard University.In Fall 2014 she will be Visiting Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Fein's research focuses on the literatures, languages, and manuscripts of medieval England, ca. 1100-1500. She edits the learned quarterly journal The Chaucer Review and is the recipient of numerous grants from the NEH and elsewhere. Professor Fein serves on the advisory/editorial boards of Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, the Archive of Early Middle English, the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series, and The Journal of the Early Book Society. She has also served as a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society and held terms on the KSU Press Editorial Board and the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees. A 2001 KSU Retention Grant allowed the English Undergraduate Studies Center to be established.

Professor Fein  frequently undertakes archival research in England on medieval manuscripts. What she discovers there renews her teaching of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the legends of King Arthur, and manuscript studies. She looks for students who enjoy literature, history, and languages and who are curious about human differences across time.

In summer 2014 Professor Fein will direct an NEH seminar on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Designed for American high school teachers, the seminar will be held in London with excursions to Canterbury and Oxford.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Select Publications


  • The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript in Three Volumes. Volume 2. Ed. S. Fein, with D. Raybin and J. Ziolkowski. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. Forthcoming 2014.
  • The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript in Three Volumes. Volume 3. Ed. S. Fein, with D. Raybin and J. Ziolkowski. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. Forthcoming 2014.
  • Robert Thornton and His Books: Essays on the Lincoln and London Manuscripts. Ed. S. Fein and  M. Johnston. York UK: York Medieval Press/Boydell & Brewer. Forthcoming 2014.
  • Chaucer: Contemporary Approaches. Ed. S. Fein and D. Raybin. University Park: Penn State UP, 2009. Softcover reprint, 2011.
  • My Wyl and My Wrytyng: Essays on John the Blind Audelay. Ed. S. Fein. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009.
  • John the Blind Audelay, Poems and Carols (Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Douce 302). Ed. S. Fein. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009.
  • Studies in the Harley Manuscript: The Scribes, Contents, and Social Contexts of British Library MS Harley 2253. Ed. S. Fein. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2000.
  • Moral Love Songs and Laments. Ed. S. Fein. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1998.
  • Rebels and Rivals: The Contestive Spirit in The Canterbury Tales. Ed. S. Fein., D. Raybin, and P. C. Braeger. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1991.

Recent Articles and Chapters   

  • "The Four Scribes of MS Harley 2253." Journal of the Early Book Society 16 (2013): 25-49.
  • "John Audelay and James Ryman." In A Companion of Fifteenth Century Poetry. Ed. J. Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2013. 127-41.
  • "John Audelay." Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies. Ed. P.E. Szarmach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Online.
  • “English Devotions for a Noble Household: The Long Passion in Audelay’s Counsel of Conscience.” In After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England. Ed. V. Gillespie and K. Ghosh. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. 325-42.
  • “Mary to Veronica: John Audelay’s Sequence of Salutations to God-Bearing Women.” Speculum 86 (2011): 964-1009.
  • “Example to the Soulehele: John Audelay, The Vernon Manuscript, and the Defense of Orthodoxy.” The Chaucer Review 46 1&2 (2011): 182-202.
  • Somer Soneday: Kingship, Sainthood, and Fortune in MS Laud Misc. 108.” In Texts and Contexts in Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative. Ed. K. K. Bell and J. N. Couch. Leiden: Brill, 2011. 275-97.

Current Projects

  • The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript in Three Volumes. Volume 1. Ed. and trans. S. Fein and D. Raybin. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. Slated to appear in 2015. Edition/translation of folios 1-48, which containing the Anglo-Norman Vitas Patrum, Herman de Valenciences' Passion, Gospel of Nicodemus, and saints' lives.
Research Areas
  • Chaucer
  • Middle English Poetry
  • Medieval English Manuscripts and Culture
  • Textual Editing
Archive of Early Middle English
Early Book Society: Editorial Board, JEBS
Institute for Bibliography & Editing, (Kent State University): Fellow
International Piers Plowman Society
John Gower Society
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Medieval Song Network (University College London): Core Group Member
Middle English Texts Series, TEAMS (University of Rochester): Advisory Board
New Chaucer Society: Trustee (2006-10); Nomination Committee Chair (2009-10)
Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies
Susanna Fein
Department of English

Office Hours for Spring 2014

10:30-1:00 MW and by appointment

I prefer contact by email and not by phone.

Phone: 330-672-1784
Spring 2015
  • ENG 49091 - 002 Senior Seminar
  • ENG 66791 - 001 Sem : Brit And Irish Lit
  • ENG 76791 - 001 Sem : Chaucer , The Canterbury Ta
  • ENG 78096 - 001 Individual Investigation
  • ENG 89199 - 008 Dissertation I
Fall 2015
  • ENG 39095 - 001 St : Medieval Drama
  • ENG 66791 - 001 Sem : Brit And Irish Lit
  • ENG 76791 - 001 Sem : Brit And Irish Lit