Brantley Bryant

Professor, Literature (Early British, Medieval)

(707) 664-3139
Nichols Hall 362A (Monday Office hours & chair); Nichols Hall 358 (Tuesday Office Hours)
Office Hours
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

What I Do at SSU

I teach a wide range of courses from first-year writing and upper division G. E., to key major courses such as Literary Analysis and Early British Survey, as well as senior-level courses and M. A. seminars. I specialize in the literature of the European Middle Ages, particularly Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400) and late medieval British literature. Some recent senior-level and M. A. course titles have included: “King Arthur and England,” “Medieval Monsters,”“Sex, Sin, and Society in Chaucer,” and “Medieval Literature and the Boundaries of the Human.” I am glad to advise M. A. theses dealing with any aspect of medieval literature, especially Chaucer.


Brantley Bryant joined the SSU faculty in the fall of 2007 after completing his Ph. D. in English at Columbia University in New York. His research and teaching interests include later medieval literature, Geoffrey Chaucer and his contemporaries, interdisciplinary approaches to literature and history, women’s writing, the history of sexuality, intersections of medieval literature and popular culture, public outreach on behalf of literary studies, and recent developments in “posthuman” approaches to literature. His current long-term project is a book on representations of water in late medieval literature. 

Selected Publications & Presentations

"One Does Not Simply Laugh in Middle Earth: Sacrificing Humor in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings." Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 5.2 (2014): 184-198. Special Issue "Comic Medievalisms," ed. Louise d'Arcens.

"H. P. Lovecraft's 'Unnamable' Middle Ages," in Gail Ashton and Daniel T. Kline, eds. Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Medieval Studies and New Media. With Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Robert W. Hanning, and Bonnie Wheeler. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

"Talking with the Taxman about Poetry: England's Economy in 'Against the King's Taxes' and Wynnere and Wastoure." Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 5 (2008): 219-248. link

“‘By Extorcions I Lyve’: Chaucer’s Friar’s Tale and Corrupt Officials.” The Chaucer Review 42 (2007): 180-195. link