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Stephen Wright – Professor Emeritus

Stephen Wright

Dr. Stephen Wright is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature.  Dr. Wright's special fields include Chaucer and Middle English literature, medieval women's writing, and comparative studies of medieval drama, art, and music. He has published three books, edited five books, and completed numerous comparative studies of medieval European theatre in several languages (English, Latin, German, French, Swedish, and Dutch).  He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Early Drama, Art, and Music monograph series and the journal Comparative Drama. Dr. Wright has been awarded an M.E. Sadler Scholarship, a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship, a Danforth Fellowship, and two Fulbright grants. He is a two-time recipient of the Martin Stevens Award for outstanding research in early drama. He has been honored with Catholic University's awards for excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as its award for all-around excellence in teaching.  He has studied and taught in England, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, and the People's Republic of China.

Dr Wright joined the faculty of the Department of English in 1982 after earning a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. He undertook graduate studies in medieval Latin and German (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg i. Br.) and holds a B.A. summa cum laude in English and German (Texas Christian University), a B.Phil. in Medieval Studies (University of York), and an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Certificate in Medieval Studies (Indiana University).  He retired from active teaching in 2013.


 

 

 

Research

Publications

Medieval European Drama in Translation link: http://english.cua.edu/faculty/drama/index.cfm

York Cycle of Mystery Plays (Toronto 1998) link: http://english.cua.edu/toronto/york98.cfm

Hyper/Hagiography: Materials Relating to Archbishop Richard Scrope link: http://english.cua.edu/faculty/scrope.cfm

Books

The Vengeance of Our Lord: Medieval Dramatizations of the Destruction of Jerusalem (1989);

Medieval German Drama: Four Plays in Translation (2003);

The Erlau Playbook:  Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter (forthcoming 2015) 

Awards

Prof. Wright has held a Danforth Fellowship at Indiana University, a Rotary Foundation Fellowship in Germany, and a Fulbright Research Fellowship in the United Kingdom.  He was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Poland and has taught and lectured extensively in Germany, twice in the Netherlands, in the People's Republic of China, and in Italy.  He has won awards for both graduate and undergraduate teaching, for all-around excellence in teaching, and is a two-time recipient of the Martin Stevens Award for the Year's Best Essay in Early Drama Studies.



CV link

Contact

E-mail: wrights@cua.edu

Education

Indiana University
Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), 1984

Indiana University
M.A. and Certificate in Medieval Studies, 1979

University of York
B.Phil. (Medieval Studies), 1978

Texas Christian University
B.A., 1972           

Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval English and European Literature
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to medieval drama, art and music