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I’m an associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. My first book, Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. In that book, I argue that we should read Chaucer’s masterpiece through its reproductive metaphors, that it is to the image of the reproductive body that Chaucer turned consistently when he wished to explore the anxious complexities of the human capacity to create both life and text.

I am currently at work on two new projects. The first, Before They Were White: Making Race Supremacy in Late Medieval England, documents the complex development of strategies of racial hierarchy at the end of the Middle Ages. The second project is a historical fiction novel, the first in a trilogy, about the life, loves, and ambitions of Alice Chaucer in the Hundred Years War.

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I also tweet as @SamanthaLKSeal