Department of English

University of Toronto

Gaston, Kara

Kara Gaston
Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSC)  Kara
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Ph.D., English (University of Pennsylvania); M.Phil., Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge); A.B., English (Princeton)

My research interests include late medieval English and Italian literature, reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages, poetry and poetics, vernacular translation, medieval astronomy, and questions of form and aesthetics. I am currently at work on a book project inspired by the challenges of locating literature within historical context. My book (still untitled) uses close formal analysis, manuscript study, and comparison with Italian textual culture to understand how Chaucer historicizes his own poetry. A second project, in its early stages, uses medieval astronomy to explore issues of perspective, perception, and creativity in late medieval poetry.

Research Interests
Medieval Literature


Articles and Essays

“Forms and Celestial Motion in Chaucer’s Complaint of Mars,” PMLA. (forthcoming)

“History Writing After Coppo di Borghese Domenichi: Decameron V.9,” Le tre corone. (forthcoming)

“Continental Influences,” in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature, eds. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse. (forthcoming)

"The Poetics of Time Management from the Metamorphoses to Il Filocolo and The Franklin's Tale," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): 227-256.

"'Save Oure Tonges Difference:' Translation, Literary Histories, and Troilus and Criseyde,” The Chaucer Review 48.3 (January 2014).

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