Department of English

James Goldstein

James Goldstein Professor
9074 Haley Center
(334) 844-9074
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Office Hours

  • Monday On Research Leave
  • Tuesday On Research Leave
  • Wednesday On Research Leave
  • Thursday On Research Leave
  • Friday On Research Leave


R. James Goldstein received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He specializes in medieval literature and is interested in the history of the lyric and critical theory. His most recent book, The English Lyric Tradition: Reading Poetic Masterpieces of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, was published by McFarland & Company. He is the author of The Matter of Scotland: Historical Narrative in Medieval Scotland and has published articles on Chaucer, Langland, Dante, and Middle Scots poetry.  He has received grants from the NEH and held postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University.

Representative Publications

  • Dolcezza: Dante and the Cultural Phenomenology of Sweetness,”  Dante Studies 132 (2014): 113-43.
  • “‘Betuix pyne and faith’: The Poetics of Compassion in Walter Kennedy’s Passioun of Crist.” Studies in Philology 110.3 (Summer 2013): 482-505.
  • “A Distinction of Poetic Form: What Happened to Rhyme Royal in Scotland?” The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity, 1300-1600. Ed. Mark P. Bruce and Katherine H. Terrell. New Middle Ages Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 161-80.
  • “Future Perfect: The Augustinian Theology of Perfection and The Canterbury Tales,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 29 (2007): 87-140.
  • “‘Why calle ye hym crist, sithen Iewes called hym Iesus?’: The Disavowal of Jewish Identification in Piers Plowman B Text,” Exemplaria 13.1 (2001): 215-51.
  • “Chaucer, Suicide, and the Agencies of Memory: Troilus and the Death Drive.” Speaking Images: Essays in Honor of V.A. Kolve. Ed. R.F. Yeager and Charlotte Morse. Asheville, NC: Pegasus Press, 2001. 185-204.
  • “Writing in Scotland, 1058-1560,” The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature: Writing in Britain, 1066-1547, ed. David Wallace, Cambridge University Press, 1999. 229-54.
  • The Matter of Scotland: Historical Narrative in Medieval Scotland, University of Nebraska Press, 1993.

Last Updated: January 22, 2019