Meet the Faculty

Robert  Meyer-Lee

Robert Meyer-Lee

Professor of English

Contact Information

Phone: 404-471-6524
Office Location: Buttrick 222

Academic Degrees

B.A., Williams College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., Yale University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Meyer-Lee’s specialty is early English literature, especially the literature of the late medieval period, from about 1350 through the early 1500s. In his teaching, he seeks to foster students’ appreciation of both the familiarity and strangeness of these early texts, and how their very distance from us fruitfully complicates such basic questions about the literary enterprise as: what is literature, what do we claim to be its value and function, and how well, in practice, it lives up to these ideals. Such questions also lurk within his scholarly interests, with his published work addressing topics ranging from the relations of poetry and political power in the 1400s to the theoretical and practical implications of the way modern editors have put together Geoffrey’s Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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