Wan-Chuan Kao Assistant Professor of English

Wan-Chuan Kao

Payne Hall 214
540.458.8345
kaow@wlu.edu

Education

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

 

Research

Medieval literature, especially Chaucer; medieval gender and sexuality; queer theory; history of conduct and marriage; whiteness studies; medieval Mongols; hotel theory; East-West relations.

 

Teaching

ENGL 413 Senior Research and Writing
ENGL 382 Hotel Orient
ENGL 313 Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
ENGL 312 Gender, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages
ENGL 311 History of the English Language
ENGL 299 Seminar for Prospective Majors
ENGL 260 Literary Approaches to Poverty
ENGL 250 British Literature: Medieval and Early Modern
ENGL 240 Arthurian Legend
MRST 110 Medieval and Renaissance Culture
WRIT 100 Writing Seminar for First-Years

Seminar and Capstone Topics

The Good Wife
The (M.) Butterfly Effect
Medieval Poverty and Labor
Premodern REM: Dreaming in the Middle Ages
Queering the Text

 

Selected Publications

Articles

“Cute Chaucer.” Textual Agencies: Chaucer and the Subject of Form. Ed. Thomas Prendergast and Jessica Rosenfeld. Accepted and forthcoming.

“Post by a Thousand Cuts.” Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida. Ed. Michael O’Rourke. New York: Punctum Books. Accepted and forthcoming.

“Memorialization in White: Chaucerian Topology and the Defaute of Subjectivity.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 4.3 (2013): 352–363.

“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.

 

Edited Collection of Essays

The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness (under contract with Punctum Books, 2016)
Co-editor: Jen Boyle (Coastal Carolina University)

 

Monograph in Progress

Deployments of Whiteness in Late Medieval English Literature (book manuscript).

 

Reviews

Tison Pugh. Chaucer’s (Anti-)Eroticisms and the Queer Middle Ages. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): forthcoming.

Carolyn Dinshaw. How Soon Is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time. Medium Ævum 83.2 (2014): 315-16.

William Burgwinkle and Cary Howie. Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge. Medium Ævum 80.2 (2011): 337-39.

Holly A. Crocker. Chaucer’s Visions of Manhood. The Medieval Review. 7 May 2011. Web.

Heather Love. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History. Women’s Studies Quarterly 36.3&4 (2008): 327-29.

 

Digital Humanities

Ryokan Higashimaya, created by students in ENGL 382 Hotel Orient (Spring 2014)