Research Expertise and Interest

English, late medieval literature, medieval Latin, Chaucer, Langland, literary criticism

Research Description

Steven Justice received his PhD from Princeton in 1985, taught at Berkeley beginning in 1987, and retired in 2022. He is interested in the forms of thought that shape and differentiate cultural enterprises like literature, philosophy, and religious practice, and in the forms of self-reflection built into each of them. His book Adam Usk's Secret appeared from Penn in 2015, and he is currently working on Volume 3 of the Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman. Recent essays include “Eucharistic Miracle and Eucharistic Doubt,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42 (2012): 307-32; “Chaucer’s History-Effect,” in Answerable Style: The Idea of the Literary in Medieval England, ed. Frank Grady and Andrew Galloway (2013), 169–94; “‘Shameless’: Augustine, After Augustine, and Way After Augustine,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44 (2014): 17-43; "Piers Plowman and Literary History," in The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman, ed. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway (2014); and "Aers's Langland and the Truth of Poetry," Syndicate: Theology 2017,

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