Oregon State University

Tara Williams

Associate Professor of English

Oregon State University
Moreland 222
2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331 USA
Tel: 541-737-1642
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  • Ph.D. Rutgers University 2004
  • B.A. University of Florida 1997


Tara Williams teaches and works on medieval literature and culture, with a particular focus on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Middle English texts.  In her recent book, Inventing Womanhood: Gender and Language in Later Middle English Writing (Ohio State University Press, 2011), she examines how ideas about womanhood evolved in the wake of the plague and traces a new set of terms—including womanhood and femininity—that Middle English writers coined to explore those changing ideas.  She has also published articles on Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe, and gender studies in journals such as Exemplaria, Chaucer Review, Modern Philology, and Studies in the Age of Chaucer.  Her scholarship on pedagogical issues has appeared or is forthcoming in Profession, Pedagogy, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, and the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching the Canterbury Tales. 

Her current project, provisionally titled Middle English Marvels, considers the connections between magic, spectacle, and morality in fourteenth-century texts like Sir Orfeo, Lybeaus Desconus, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Canterbury Tales; related essays can be found in New Medieval Literatures and on the postmedieval forum.  This work has been supported by internal and external grants, including the Morton W. Bloomfield Fellowship at Harvard University.

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