The Catholic University of America


Department of English
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5488



  • Indiana University, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), 1984
  • Indiana University, Certificate in Medieval Studies, 1978
  • Indiana University, M.A. (Comparative Literature), 1978
  • University of York, B.Phil. (Mediaeval Studies), 1977
  • University of Freiburg, Institut fuer lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters / Altdeutsches Seminar, 1972-73
  • Texas Christian University, B.A., summa cum laude, University Honors and Departmental Honors (English and German), 1972

Academic Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus of English, Catholic University of America, 2013-present
  • Ordinary Professor of English, Catholic University of America, 1998-2013
  • Ordinary Professor of English, Catholic University of America Rome Program, 2011
  • Visiting Professor of English, Liaoning Normal University (Dalian, China), 2008-2009
  • Visiting Professor of English, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), 2002
  • Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Amsterdam, 1996, 2000
  • Associate Professor of English, Catholic University of America, 1987-98
  • Assistant Professor of English, Catholic University of America, 1982-87
  • Teaching Assistant (Comparative Literature), Indiana University, 1976-78
  • Instructor (English), University of Freiburg, 1973
  • Instructor (German), Texas Christian University, 1969-72



  • The Vengeance of Our Lord: Medieval Dramatizations of the Destruction of Jerusalem, Studies and Texts, 89 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1989).
    • Reviewed in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 12 (1989), 16; Speculum, 65 (1990), 1085-87; Modern Language Review, 85 (19990), 676-79; Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 89 (1990), 537-40; Comparative Drama, 24 (1990), 191-92; Medioevo Latino, 12 (1991), 614; Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 13 (1991), 259-62; Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 104 (1991), 265-66; Medium AEvum, 61 (1992), 347-48; Germanisch-Romanische Monatschrift, 41 (1991), 113-15; Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 6 (1993), 283-86; Mediaevistik, 7 (1994), 488-89.

  • Medieval German Drama: Four Plays in Translation (The Thuringian Easter Play, The Thuringian Corpus Christi Play, The Muhlhausen Play of St. Catherine, Dietrich Schernberg's Play of Lady Jutta), translated with an introduction and commentary by Stephen K. Wright, with a note on the music by Stephen K. Wright and Keith Glaeske. Early European Drama in Translation Series, Vol. 4. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 2003.
  • The Erlau Playbook:  Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming 2017)

General Editor, Early European Drama in Translation

  • Arnoul Greban, The Mystery of the Passion: The Third Day, translated by Paula Giuliano, Early European Drama in Translation Series, Vol. 1. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 1996.
  • Antichrist and Judgment Day: The Middle French "Jour du Jugement," translated by Richard K. Emmerson and David F. Hult, with a note on the music by Keith Glaeske. Early European Drama in Translation Series, Vol. 2. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 1998.
  • Medieval Dutch Drama: Four Secular Plays and Four Farces from the Van Hulthem Manuscript, translated by Johanna C. Prins. Early European Drama in Translation Series , Vol. 3. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 1999.
  • Medieval German Drama: Four Plays in Translation, translated by Stephen K. Wright, with a note on the music by Stephen K. Wright and Keith Glaeske. Early European Drama in Translation Series , Vol. 4. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 2003.
  • Judith and Holofernes: A Late Fifteenth-Century Mystery Play, translated by Graham Runnalls. Early European Drama in Translation Series, Vol. 5. Asheville, NS: Pegasus Press, 2003.

Articles and Chapters

  • "The Durham Play of Mary and the Poor Knight: Sources and Analogues of a Lost English Miracle Play," Comparative Drama, 17 (1983), 254-65; reprinted in Drama in the Middle Ages: Comparative and Critical Essays, ed. Clifford Davidson and John H. Stroupe (New York: AMS Press, 1991), pp. 168-79.
  • "Provenance and Manuscript Tradition of the Martyrium Ricardi Archiepiscopi," Manuscripta, 28 (1984), 92-102.
  • Scribal Error and Textual Integrity: The Case of Innsbruck Universitaetsbibliothek Cod. 960," Studies in Bibliography, 39 (1986), 79-92.
  • "Gower's Geta and the Sin of Supplantation," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 87 (1986), 211-217.
  • "Paradigmatic Ambiguity and Monastic Historiography: The Case of Clement Maidestone's Martyrium Ricardi Archiepiscopi," Studia Monastica, 28 (1986), 311-42.
  • "The Historie of King Edward the Fourth: A Chronicle Play on the Coventry Pageant Wagons," Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 3 (1986), 69-82.
  • "History of an Audience: Eustache Marcade's La Vengance Jhesucrist in the Light of Reception Theory," Fifteenth-Century Studies, 12 (1987), 195-207.
  • "The Oldest Swedish Play: Source, Structure, and Staging of the De uno peccatore qui promeruit gratiam," Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 87 (1988), 49-72.
  • "Jankyn's Boethian Learning in the Summoner's Tale," English Language Notes, 26 (1988), 4-7.
  • "The Manuscript of Sanctus Tewdricus: Rediscovery of a 'Lost Miracle Play' from St. Omers," Studies in Bibliography, 42 (1989), 236-45.
  • "Records of Early French Drama in Parisian Notary Registers," Comparative Drama, 24 (1990), 232-54.
  • "The York Creed Play in Light of the Innsbruck Playbook of 1391," Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 5 (1991), 27-54.
  • "Is the Ashmole Fragment a Remnant of a Middle English Saint Play?," Neophilologus, 75 (1991), 139-49.
  • "The Painted Lion: Teaching the 1390s to the 1990s," CEA [College English Association] Magazine, 5 (1992), 5-20.
  • "Iconographic Contexts of the Swedish De uno peccatore qui promeruit gratiam," in Medieval Drama on the Continent of Europe [special issue of Comparative Drama, vol. 27], ed. Clifford Davidson and John H. Stroupe (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute, 1993), pp. 4-16, 8 plates.
  • "St. Erkenwald and Quem Quaeritis: A Reconsideration," English Language Notes, 31 (1994), 29-34.
  • "The Ingressus Pilatus Chant in Medieval German Drama," Comparative Drama, 28 (1994), 348-66.
  • "The Play of the King of Egypt: An Early Thirteenth-Century Music-Drama in the Carmina Burana Manuscript," Allegorica: Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, 16 (1995), 47-71.
  • "The Betrayer's Art: Translating Medieval Drama for Modern Readers," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 35 (1996), 85-96.
  • "Drama," in Medieval Latin Studies: An Introduction and Bibliographical Guide, ed. F. A. C. Mantello and A. G. Rigg (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1996), pp. 574-81.
  • "Historical Inscription and Confessional Erasure in the Parlement of the Thre Ages," Fifteenth-Century Studies, 23 (1996), 1-12.
  • "Was There a Twelfth-Century Creed Play at St. Emmeram?" Medieval English Theatre, 18 (1996), 74-84.
  • "Religious Drama, Civic Ritual, and the Police: The Semiotics of Public Safety in Late Medieval Germany," Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies, 51 (1998), 1-14.
  • "Joseph as Mother, Jutta as Pope: Gender and Transgression in Medieval German Drama," Theatre Journal, 51 (1999), 146-166 [Martin Stevens Award for Best Essay in Early Drama Studies]
  • [with James Stokes] "The Donington Cast List: Tradition and Innovation in Parish Drama in Early Elizabethan Lincolnshire," Early Theatre, 2 (1999), 63-95.
  • "Two Medieval German Christmas Plays from the Erlau Manuscript," Allegorica: Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, 21 (2000), 45-91.
  • "The Destruction of Jerusalem: An Annotated Checklist of Plays and Performances, ca. 1350-1620," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 41 (2002), 131-56. 
  • "The Tyrolean Play of David and Goliath (Bozen, 1515): Tradition, Text, Translation," European Medieval Drama, 8 (2004): 51-89.
  • "What's So 'English' About Early English Drama? An East Anglian Miracle Play and Its Continental Counterpart," in To Make His Englissh Sweete Upon His Tongue, ed. Marcin Krygier and Liliana Sikorska, Medieval English Mirror 3 (Frankfurt a. M; New York: Peter Lang, 2007), 71-91.
  • "Genres of Sanctity: Literary Representations of Archbishop Richard Scrope," in Richard Scrope: Archbishop, Rebel, Martyr, ed. Jeremy Goldberg (Donington, UK: Watkins, 2007), 114-138.
  • "Wrangling Livestock, Dragons, and Children: Pragmatic Stagecraft and Its Thematic Consequences in The Augsburg St. George Play (c. 1486)," Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 47 (2008): 51-71 [Martin Stevens Award for Best Essay in Early Drama Studies]
  • Nine articles for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert Bjork (Oxford: OUP, 2010): "Boner, Ulrich," "Drama: Liturgical, Mystery, Miracle, Morality," "Dreikonigsspiele," "Freidank," "Hugo von Trimberg," "Reinmar von Zweter," "Rothe, Johannes," "Wernher von Elmendorf," "Ysengrimus."
  • "The Medieval Elvis:  The Minstrel Becomes the King," in Echoes of Elvis:  The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley, ed. E. Warren Perry, Jr. (Washington, DC:  Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012), 1-19.
  • "The Twelfth-Century Story of Daniel for Performance by Hilarius:  Introduction, Translation, and Commentary," Early Theatre 17.1 (2014): 9-48. [Early Theatre Award for Best Essay, 2015]
  • "Salting Down Gertrude:  Transgression and Preservation in Three Early German Carnival Plays," Early Theatre (forthcoming, 2017)

Translations and Reviews

  • Translation of Manfred Pelz, "The Function of Interior Monologue in 'The Renegade'," in Essays on Camus's "Exile and the Kingdom", ed. Judith Suther (University, Miss.: Romance Monographs, 1982), pp. 189-203.
  • Review of The Mary Play of the Manuscript, ed. Peter Meredith, in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 11 (1988), 9-13.
  • Review of Hans Sachs: Nine Carnival Plays, tr. Randall W. Listerman, in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 14 (1992), 80-81.
  • Review of Early Cambridge Theatres: College, University, and Town Stages, 1464-1720, by Alan H. Nelson, in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 19 (1997), 112-115.
  • Review of A New History of Early English Drama, ed. John D. Cox and Scott Kastan, in Comparative Drama, 32 (1998-99), 581-586.
  • Review of The Sequence of the Sacrament at Durham, by John McKinnell, in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review, 23 (2001), 126-30.

Work in Progress

  • Hans Sachs and the Performable Voice:  An Ahthology of Debate, Disputation, Dialogue, Farce, Complaint, Comedy, Tragedy, Carnival Play, and Pasquinade
  • "The Tongues of Men and Angels:  Functions of Polyglotism in Early German Drama"
  • "Dancing in the Dark: The mater inferni on the Early European Stage"


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COURSES TAUGHT (1982-present)

  • Undergraduate
    Literature and Composition; The Christian Tradition: Charlemagne to Chaucer (Honors Seminar); Masterpieces of World Literature; Medieval English Literature; Arthurian Literature and Film; Children's Literature; Literature of Travel and Exploration; Chaucer I and II; Chaucer and the Italians; Roman Roots of European Literature; Plays of Shakespeare; Tradition of English Tragedy; Junior Tutorial in Medieval Studies; Intensive Readings in Drama; History of Western Drama; Senior Seminar (English and American Drama); Senior Seminar (Eugene O'Neill); Senior Seminar (The Arthurian Tradition)
  • Graduate
    Introduction to Medieval Studies (team teaching); Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; Chaucer's Troilus and Minor Poems; Medieval English Drama; Medieval European Drama; The Medieval Book (Introduction to Manuscripts and Manuscript Culture), Medieval Romance; Proseminar in Middle English; The Romance Tradition; Fourteenth-Century Alliterative Poetry; Medieval Women Writers; European Novels of Adultery; History of Poetics from Antiquity to the Renaissance (team teaching); Civic Ceremony in Medieval York (seminar); The Pearl Manuscript (seminar); Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Modern Critical Theory (seminar); M.A. thesis guidance; Ph.D. dissertation guidance
  • PhD Thesis Direction

  • Teresa A. Kennedy-McMahon, "Elyot and Castiglione:  National Translations of the Macro-Image of the Courtier" (1990)

  • Zina Petersen, "Authority, Ritual and Spirituality in Middle English Women's Religious Works" (1997)

  • Lisa G. Robeson, "Monuments of Time:  Time and the Semiology of Inscription in the Literature of the Later Middle Ages" (1997)

  • Christopher Elliott Crane, "'Now Mendys Oure Chere from Sorrow':  The Rhetoric of Humor in Middle English Drama, Spiritual Instruction, and Chaucerian Religious Comedy" (2004)

  • Sarah Beatrice Campbell, "The 'Strong Man' and Its Contexts:  An Edition, Translation, and Study of a Welsh Morality Play" (2005)

  • Lisa LeBlanc, "Dreams of the End:  Apocalypticism in Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century English Secular Vision Poems" (2005)

  • Joseph Edward Marshall, "Radix Malorum:  The Presence and Function of Money in Medieval Literature" (2006)

  • Andrea R. Harbin, "Space and Movement on the Medieval English Religious Stage" (2006)

  • Stephen C. Maulsby, "The Harley Lyrics Revisited:  A Multilingual Textual Community" (2008)

  • Charlotte Allen, "Thirteenth-Century English Religious Lyrics, Religious Women, and the Cistercian Imagination" (2011)

  • Katherine E. Wilson, "The York Plays and the Law" (2013)

  • Marcel Antonio Brown, "Convivium and Communion:  Pearl, the York Cycle, and the Eucharist in Late Medieval England" (2013) 


  • Editor for Medieval Drama, Comparative Drama
  • Member of Editorial Board, Early Drama, Art, and Music Project.
  • Consulting lexicographer, The New Kosciuszko Foundation Polish-English/English-Polish Dictionary. Ed. Jacek Fisiak. Krakow: 2003, 2005.
  • General Editor, Early European Drama in Translation Series 1990-2005.
  • Chair, Department of English (CUA), 1993-96, 2001-2003, 2005-2006.
  • Director, Comparative Literature Program (CUA), 1997-2001
  • Acting Director, Medieval and Byzantine Studies Program (CUA), 1992-93
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (English), 1987-93, 1996-2001
  • University Committees (Faculty Grievance Committee, Academic Senate Committee on Appointments and Tenure; Arts and Sciences Committee on Appointments and Tenure; Arts and Sciences Search Committee; Academic Council; Medieval Studies Steering Committee; Comparative Literature; Honors Program; Academic Policy; Faculty Economic Welfare; Advisory Committee on Faculty Salaries; Middle States Accreditation Review)
  • Council Member, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, 1990-94


  • Catholic University Award for Overall Excellence in Teaching (2012)
  • McMaster University Award for Best Article in Early Drama (2015)
  • Martin Stevens Award (Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society) for Best Essay in Early Drama Studies (2000 and 2009)
  • Plenary Speaker, Edgar P. Richardson Symposium (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 2010)
  • Plenary Speaker, Delaware Valley Medieval Association (Philadelphia, 2007)
  • Plenary Speaker, Medieval English Studies Symposium (Poznan, Poland, 2005)
  • Plenary Speaker, Fifteenth-Century Studies Conference (York U.K., 2005)
  • CUA Faculty Research Grant-in-Aid (Germany, 2004)
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Adam Mickwiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), 2002
  • Nominated by Catholic University to be District of Columbia Professor of the Year (2002)
  • Bruno Damiani Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching (1998)
  • Co-recipient, Magi Endowment Grant for Religion and the Arts (1998)
  • Plenary Speaker, Catholic Record Society (Oxford, 1993)
  • Catholic University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, 1989
  • Co-recipient of NEH curriculum development grant for interdisciplinary humanities seminar, 1986-87
  • Fulbright Graduate Fellowship (England), 1975-76
  • Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship (Indiana), 1973-80
  • Rotary International Graduate Fellowship (Germany), 1972-73
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
  • M. E. Sadler National Merit Scholarship, 1968-72


  • Modern Language Association
  • Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (member of MRDS Council, 1990-94)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (chapter secretary; triennial council teller)
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies (participation since 1985 as session organizer; presider; respondent; presenter)


  • Old and Middle English
  • Old and Middle High German; Modern German
  • Classical and Medieval Latin
  • Middle French; Modern French
  • Middle Dutch;  Modern Dutch
  • Polish (elementary survival skills)
  • Mandarin Chinese (elementary survival skills)
  • Italian (elementary survival skills)