Carolyn Dinshaw

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Carolyn Dinshaw is an American academic and author, who has specialised in issues of gender and sexuality in the medieval context.

Education and career[edit]

Dinshaw earned her bachelor's degree in 1978 from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate study at Princeton University where she earned her PhD in English Literature in 1982 with a dissertation that later became the book Chaucer and the Text.

She is currently a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and English at New York University working in medieval studies and queer theory. The corpus of her work focuses on the relationship between the present and the medieval past, and in particular the ways that certain aspects of the medieval past continue to resonate in contemporary issues of gender and sexuality, the embodied experience of time, and "ecological thought."[1]

She is the recipient of the 2017-2018 James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize at Yale University.[2]


  • Chaucer and the Text, 1988
  • Chaucer's Sexual Poetics, 1989
  • Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern, 1999
  • How Soon Is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers and the Queerness of Time, 2012
  • It's Not Easy Being Green, in progress
  • Exploring Nowhere: Mirages, Digital Maps, and the Historical Problem of Location in progress


In addition to being a prolific scholar on a variety of topics in queer theory, medieval studies, and ecocriticism, Dishaw is one of the founding Co-Editors of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, was on the advisory board for Exemplaria (2008–13) and currently sits on the editorial board of postmedieval. She has also been the president of the New Chaucer Society (2010–12), on the Committee for Lesbian and Gay History in the American Historical Association. Dinshaw is also affiliated with the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages; the John Gower Society, Lollard Society, the Medieval Academy of America and the Modern Language Association of America.

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Chaucer's Sexual Poetics, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.
  • Getting Medieval, Durham NC: Duke University Press, 1999.
  • "Margery Kempe" In (pp. 222–39) Dinshaw, Carolyn (ed.), Wallace, David (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing, Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2003. v-xix, 289 pp.(Cambridge Companions to Literature ). (2003)
  • "The History of GLQ, Volume 1: LGBTQ Studies, Censorship, and Other Transnational Problems" GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, (12:1), 2006, 5-26. . (2006)
  • "Medieval Feminist Criticism" In (pp. 11–26) Plain, Gill (ed. and introd.), Sellers, Susan (ed. and introd.), Gubar, Susan (postscript), A History of Feminist Literary Criticism, Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2007. xi, 352 pp.. (2007)
  • "Temporalities" In (pp. 107–123) Strohm, Paul (ed. and introd.), Middle English, Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2007. xii, 521 pp.(Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature ). (2007)
  • How Soon Is Now?, Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2012.


  1. ^ Morton, Timothy. Ecological Thought. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.
  2. ^ "Carolyn Dinshaw Awarded the James R. Brudner '83 Memorial Prize | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies". Retrieved 2018-09-03.

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