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Jamie Fumo

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514-398-4400 Ext 094741
Email Address: 
jamie [dot] fumo [at] mcgill [dot] ca

McGill University Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Arts 250 (On leave 2014-2015)

B.A. (University of Massachusetts-Amherst); M.A., PhD (Princeton University), Associate Professor

Teaching Areas: 

Late-medieval English literature, especially Chaucer; medieval mythography and conceptions of the classical past; Latin and vernacular Ovidianism in the Middle Ages; vision and visuality in medieval culture; fifteenth-century Scottish literature.

Taught previously at: 

Mount Holyoke College.

Awards, Honours, and Fellowships: 
  • Publication grant from Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Aid to Scholarly Publications Program) for book manuscript The Legacy of Apollo: Antiquity, Authority, and Chaucerian Poetics
  • FQRSC Programme d'établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs grant for project “Chaucerian Poetry and the Transmission of Classical Antiquity” (2008-11)
  • FQRSC Équipe en functionnement grant (with Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, Carlos Fraenkel, Jamil Rajep, and Sebastian Sobecki) on project “Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Cultures” (2008-12)
  • FQRSC Équipe en émergence grant (with Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, and Carlos Fraenkel) for project “Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Cultures” (2006-07)
  • Virginia Brown Postdoctoral Fellowship in Paleography, Ohio State University (2004)
  • Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Prize, The University of the South (2003)
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship, Princeton University (2002-03)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (1998-99)
Selected Publications: 


Vehicles of Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Textual Culture. Co-edited with Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, and Carlos Fraenkel. Turnhout: Brepols Press (Cursor Mundi 4), 2012.  

The Legacy of Apollo: Antiquity, Authority, and Chaucerian Poetics (University of Toronto Press, 2010)


“Commentary and Collaboration in the Medieval Allegorical Tradition.” A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid, ed. John F. Miller and Carole E. Newlands. Wiley-Blackwell, Classical Receptions series, 2014. Pp. 114-28.

“The Pestilential Gaze: From Epidemiology to Erotomania in The Knight’s Tale.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 35 (2013): 85-136.

“Ovid’s New Clothes: Text and Image in Caxton’s ‘Booke of Ouyde’ (1480) and Contemporary Prose Moralizations of the Metamorphoses.” Vehicles of Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Textual Culture. Ed. Robert Wisnovsky, Faith Wallis, Jamie C. Fumo, and Carlos Fraenkel. Turnhout: Brepols Press (Cursor Mundi 4), 2012.  Pp. 313-33.

“Hating Criseyde: Last Words on a Heroine from Chaucer to Henryson.” Chaucer Review 46.1/2 (2011): 20-38.

Metamorphoses Metamorphosed: Teaching the Ovidian Tradition.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition, ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd and Cora Fox. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2010. Pp. 212-18.

“The Ends of Love: (Meta)physical Desire in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Middle English Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming, ed. Robert Epstein and William Robins, University of Toronto Press, 2010. Pp. 68-90.

“The Consolations of Philosophy: Later Medieval Elegy.” The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy. Ed. Karen Weisman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. pp. 118-34.

“Romancing the Rose: Apuleius, Guillaume de Lorris, and Moral Horticulture.” Modern Philology 107.3 (2010): 343-79.

“John Metham’s “straunge style”: Amoryus and Cleopes as Chaucerian Fragment.” Chaucer Review 43.2 (2008): 215-37.

“Argus’ Eyes, Midas’ Ears, and the Wife of Bath as Storyteller.”  In Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.  Ed. Alison Keith and Stephen Rupp.  Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2007.  Pp. 129-50.

“Chaucer as Vates?: Reading Ovid through Dante in the House of Fame, Book 3.”  Writers Reading Writers: Intertextual Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature in Honor of Robert Hollander, ed. Janet Levarie Smarr, University of Delaware Press, 2007.  Pp. 89-108.

“Books of the Duchess: Eleanor Cobham, Henryson’s Cresseid, and the Politics of Complaint.” Viator 37 (2006): 447-77

“The God of Love and Love of God: Palinodic Exchange in The Prologue of the Legend of Good Women and the ‘Retraction,’” in The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception, ed. Carolyn Collette.  Boydell and Brewer, 2006.  Pp. 157-75. 

“Aurelius’ Prayer, Franklin’s Tale 1031-79: Sources and Analogues.” Neophilologus 88 (2004): 623-35". 

“Thinking Upon the Crow: The Manciple’s Tale and Ovidian Mythography.” Chaucer Review 38.4 (2004): 355-75.

“‘Little Troilus’: Heroides 5 and Its Ovidian Contexts in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.” Studies in Philology 100.3 (2003): 278-314.

“An Interpretive Crux in Januarie’s Garden: Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale and the Crucifixion.” Mediaevalia 23 (2002): 1-37.

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Current Research: 


Making Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: Textuality and Reception - forthcoming in New Century Chaucer series, University of Wales Press

Forthcoming articles:

 “Ancient Chaucer: Temporalities of Fame.” In Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception. Ed. Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall (volume in preparation for Boydell and Brewer).

“Ovid: Artistic Identity and Intertextuality.” Forthcoming in Oxford Handbook to Chaucer, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari. Oxford University Press, 2013.