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mimi ensley

Mimi Ensley

Assistant Professor


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Correction, Modernization, and Elaboration in a Seventeenth-Century Translation of John Lydgates Troy Book.” Studies in Philology. Forthcoming.
  • Profitable” Gower: Commonplacing and the Early Modern Confessio Amantis.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology. Forthcoming.
  • Meeting Lydgates Ghost: Building Medieval History in Seventeenth-Century England.” Review of English Studies 71 (251-271).
  • Framing Chaucer's Plowman.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (331-49).
  • Reading Chaucer in the Tower: The Person Behind the Pen in an Early-Modern Copy of Chaucers Works.” Journal of the Early Book Society 18 (136-57)


Works in Progress:

  • Difficult Pasts: Post-Reformation Memory and the Medieval Romance (Monograph in Progress)


Selected 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. (Forthcoming, July 2022)
  • The Romance of Piers Plowman: Reading William Langland after Walter Scott.” Southeastern Medieval Association. Wofford College. (Forthcoming, 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 Premodern. 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)

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 current book project, Difficult Pasts: Post-Reformation Memory and the Medieval Romance approaches this question from a book historical perspective and asks how Middle English romances were used and understood after the Protestant Reformation in England.

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Office Hours: (On Campus)

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Thursday: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM