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Myra Seaman

Professor and Department Chair

Address: 5 College Way, Room 203
Office Hours: T 1:30-2:30; R 9:30-10:30, and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.1014
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Myra Seaman teaches courses in English literature and culture of the later Middle Ages (1200-1500), medievalisms, and English grammar and history. Her scholarly work focuses on anonymous Middle English verse texts, with her current project a book on late Middle English household manuscripts and the moral ecology collaboratively produced by the people, objects, and nonhuman animals that make up the household. She also investigates humanisms, medieval and modern. Much of her work is collaborative and editorial, including the award-winning journal postmedieval, which she co-founded in 2010, and the Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales.


1998 - Ph.D., English with an emphasis on Medieval Literature, Claremont Graduate University

1991 - M.A., English, Claremont Graduate University

1989 - B.A., English, State University of New York - Buffalo

Research Interests

  • Middle English literature
  • medieval cultures
  • manuscript study
  • medievalisms
  • history of emotion
  • new materialisms


Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales, co-edited with Candace Barrington, Brantley Bryant, Dan Kline, and Richard Godden (2017)

“Feminism and Women’s Experience in the Manciple’s Tale,” in Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales, co-edited by Candace Barrington, Brantley Bryant, Dan Kline, Richard Godden, and Myra Seaman (2017). 

Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism. Co-edited with Eileen A. Joy.

Interventions: New Studies in Medieval Culture series. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2016.

“Recomposing the Critical Liberal Arts.” Co-authored with J. Allan Mitchell and Julie Orlemanski. Editors’ introduction to special journal issue Critical/Liberal/Arts. postmedieval 6.4 (2015): 361-74.

Burn After Reading. Vol. I: Miniature Manifestoes for a Post/medieval Studies. Ed. Eileen A. Joy and Myra Seaman. Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2014.

“Medieval Prime Time: Entertaining the Family in Fifteenth-Century England––and Educating Students in Twenty-First Century America.” Pedagogy 13.2 (2013): 213-28.

“Disconsolate Art.” In Dark Chaucer: An Assortment. Eds. Eileen A. Joy, Myra Seaman, and Nicola Masciandaro. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2013. 139-49.

“Late Medieval Conduct Literature.” The History of British Women’s Writing, to 1500. Vol. 1. Eds. Liz McAvoy and Diane Watt. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2011. 121–30.