Russell Peck (scholar)

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Russell A. Peck Jr. (born December 17, 1933) is an American medievalist, scholar of medieval literature, and author. He is John Hall Deane Professor of English at the University of Rochester.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

After a childhood in Wyoming and an undergraduate education at Princeton University, Peck earned a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University in 1963, writing a dissertation on number symbolism in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Hull, England, from 1967 to 1968.[2]


Peck has written extensively on medieval literature, folklore, cognitive theory, and pedagogy; he has shaped the field of medieval literature by founding the Middle English Text Series in 1990 (which he continues to serve as general editor).[1] He has also edited several important works of Middle English Literature, including a comprehensive three-volume edition of John Gower's Middle English Confessio Amantis.[3][4][5] He taught at the University of Rochester from 1961 to 2014,[6] facilitating the foundation of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library[7] and leading an annual winter theater course in London for over twenty years.[1][8]


His research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation[9] and the National Endowment for the Humanities.[2] In 2014, an Artistic Directorship at the University of Rochester was endowed in honor of Peck and his wife, Ruth; it is currently held by Nigel Maister.[10] In 2015, he was awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy of America.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Russell Peck: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence at the University of Rochester". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Russell Peck: CV" (PDF). Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Confessio Amantis, Volume 1". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Confessio Amantis, Volume 2". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Confessio Amantis, Volume 3". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "The Professor's Tale". March 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ Pieterse, Janice (2014). Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester, 1850-2005. Rochester, NY: Meliora Press. p. 148. ISBN 1580465048.
  8. ^ "Our Faculty: Retiring Faculty 2014-15". University of Rochester. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Russell Peck: Guggenheim Fellow". Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Nigel Maister Named First Recipient of Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Directorship at the University of Rochester". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Russell Peck to receive award from Medieval Academy of America". 25 February 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.

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