mimi ensley

Mimi Ensley

Assistant Professor

Professional Profile

Dr. Mimi Ensley specializes in medieval and early modern English literature. She's especially interested in how late medieval texts were read and re-produced across time. 

Her most recent book, "Difficult Pasts: Post-Reformation Memory and the Medieval Romance (Manchester University Press, 2023)," approaches this question from a book historical perspective and asks how Middle English romances were used and understood after the Protestant Reformation in England.



  • PhD in English, University of Notre Dame
  • MA in Medieval Literatures, University of York
  • BA in English and Journalism, University of Georgia

Scholarly Monograph

"Difficult Pasts: Post-Reformation Memory and the Medieval Romance." Manchester University Press, 2023.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • "'And I awaked therewith:' Piers Plowman, the Settlement Movement, and Service Learning." Yearbook of Langland Studies, vol. 38, 2024 (Forthcoming, with Thomas Goodmann.).
  • "Correction, Modernization, and Elaboration in a Seventeenth-Century Translation of John Lydgate's Troy Book." Studies in Philology, vol. 119, no. 3, 2022, pp. 469-94.
  • "'Profitable' Gower: Commonplacing and the Early Modern Confessio Amantis." Journal of English and Germanic Philology, vol. 121, no. 2, 2022, pp. 202-26.
  • "Meeting Lydgate's Ghost: Building Medieval History in Seventeenth-Century England." Review of English Studies, vol. 71, 2020, pp. 251-271.
  • "Framing Chaucer's Plowman." Yearbook of Langland Studies, vol. 32, 2018, pp. 331-49.
  • "Reading Chaucer in the Tower: The Person Behind the Pen in an Early-Modern Copy of Chaucer's Works." Journal of the Early Book Society, vol. 18, 2015, pp. 136-57.

Selected Recent Conference Presentations

  • "Found Out, and Brought to Light: A Non-Spenserian Completion of Chaucer's Squire's Tale." 22nd Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society. Durham U. (July 2022)
  • "The Romance of Piers Plowman: Reading William Langland after Walter Scott." Southeastern Medieval Association. Wofford College. (November 2021)
  • Discussant in "Teaching Medieval Topics beyond the Seminar Table" Roundtable. International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. (May 2021)
  • "It Debunked all of my Expectations: Pre-Modern Materiality and the Composition Classroom." Pedagogy and the Pre-modern. Duke U. (March 2020)
  • "Creating a Humanist Gower in Print." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago. (January 2019)
  • "Inscribing the Tradition: A Recusant Catholic's Romance Manuscripts." 21st Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society. U. of Toronto. (July 2018)
  • "Monuments, Memory, and Patronage in Lydgate's Guy of Warwick.'" 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan U. (May 2018)
  • "Manuscript, Romance, and the Visual Language of Print." Bibliography Among the Disciplines. Rare Book School, Philadelphia. (October 2017)