Dr. Steele Nowlin

Dr. Steele NowlinAssociate Professor of English
Morton Hall, 033
(434) 223-7262


B.A., Kent State University, 1999; M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2002; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007.

Teaching and Research Interests

Middle English Literature, especially Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower
Medieval Historiography
Medieval Rhetorical Poetics
Early Modern Literature, especially William Shakespeare
Affect Theory
Arthurian Literature
History of the English Language
Science Fiction
Rhetoric and Composition 

Most Recent Publications

"The Legend of Good Women and the Affect of Invention." Exemplaria 25 (2013): 16-35.

"Gower's Chronicles of Invention: Historiography and Productive Poetry in Book Four of the Confessio Amantis." Modern Philology 110 (2012): 182-201.

"Between Precedent and Possibility: Liminality, Historicity, and Narrative in Chaucer's Franklin's Tale." Studies in Philology 103 (2006): 47-67.

"Narratives of Incest and Incestuous Narrative: Memory, Process, and the Confessio Amantis's 'Middel Weie.' " Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 35 (2005): 217-44.

Work in Progress

"Chaucer and Affective Intertextuality in Shakespeare's 'The Phoenix and Turtle.' " Under review.

Chaucer, Gower, and the Affect of Invention. Book manuscript.

Institutional Involvement

President, College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2012-Present
Faculty Student Affairs Committee, 2010-2013 (Chair, 2012-2013)
Interim Associate Director of the Honors Program, 2011
Science Fiction Group Coordinator, 2011-2012
Shakespeare's Henry V, A Semester-Long Investigation, 2011
Installation Ceremony Committee for Presidential Inauguration, 2010
Gender Issues Committee, 2008-2010 (Co-Chair, 2009-2010)
Phi Beta Kappa Jones Prize Selection Committee, 2009-2010 (Chair, 2010)
English and Rhetoric Deparmental Committees, 2007-Present
Safe Zone Ally, 2008-Present
Academic Advisor, 2008-Present

Honors and Awards

Mednick Research Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, 2012
Travel Grants, Hampden-Sydney, 2008-2012
Faculty Summer Research Grants, Hampden-Sydney, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

Professional Affiliations

Medieval Academy of America
New Chaucer Society
International John Gower Society
Shakespeare Association of America
Modern Language Association