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Nancy Ciccone, PhD

Associate Professor, Department Chair


Office Location: 1015 9th Street Park, Room 100
Phone: 303-556-8395
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours: R, 12:30-1:30, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Comparative Literature: Medieval and Classical Literature 

Education & Degrees

PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

MA, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1981

AB, English & Classics, Boston University, 1977


Trained in comparative literature, I primarily research in two areas: 1) Medieval European literature and 2) the interstices between ancient and modern literatures. The disciplines of history and of philosophy inform my writing on medieval romance, practical reasoning and inner debates. For professional service, I continue as a bibliographer for the International Courtly Literature Society.

My teaching ranges from entry level to graduate courses in which I aim to convey the continuing relevance of pre-modern narratives to our current population of students.

Select Publications

“The chamber, man in black, and structure in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess,” Chaucer Review 44.2 (2009), 205-223.

Courses Taught

ENGL 2510: Greek and Roman Mythology
ENGL 2520/RLST 2700: The Bible as Literature
ENGL 4000/5000: Major Authors: Greek Drama
ENGL 4080/5080: History of the English Language
ENGL 4400/5400: Old English I
ENGL 4410/5410: Old English II: Beowulf
ENGL 4500/5500: Medieval Literature
ENGL 4730/5730: Chaucer
UHL 3501: Love and Death in the Greek Classics