Wan-Chuan Kao Assistant Professor of English

Wan-Chuan Kao

Payne Hall 214


Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
M. Phil., CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., Hunter College
B.A., Hunter College


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

Selected Publications


“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).