Wan-Chuan Kao Assistant Professor of English
Payne Hall 202
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, 2010
M. Phil., CUNY Graduate Center, 2007
M.A., Hunter College, 2002
B.A., Hunter College, 1998
Medieval literature, especially Chaucer; medieval gender and sexuality; queer theory; history of conduct and marriage; whiteness studies; medieval Mongols; hotel theory; East-West relations.
English 313—Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
English 312—Gender, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages
English 311—History of the English Language
English 250—British Literature: Medieval and Early Modern
English 240—Arthurian Legend
WRIT 100—First Year Writing Seminar: The Good Wife
“Memorialization in White: Chaucerian Topology and the Defaute of Subjectivity.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 4.3 (2013): 352–363. Publisher's information.
“Post by a Thousand Cuts.” Glossator 7 (2013): in press.
“Conduct Shameful and Unshameful in the Franklin’s Tale.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 34 (2012): 99-139.
“Hotel Tartary: Marco Polo, Yams, and the Biopolitics of Population.” Mediaevalia 32 (2011): 43-68.
“The Tomboyism of Faith: Spiritual Tomboyism in the Cult of Sainte Foy.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 15.4 (2011): 412-49.
Review of Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge by William Burgwinkle and Cary Howie, Medium Ævum 80.2 (2011): 337-39.
Review of Chaucer’s Visions of Manhood by Holly A. Crocker. The Medieval Review. 7 May 2011. Web.
Review of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History by Heather Love, Women’s Studies Quarterly 36.3&4 (2008): 327-29.
Work in Progress
Deployments of Whiteness in Late Medieval English Literature (book manuscript).