Mimi Ensley

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Email: mensley@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
History of the Book, Middle English Popular Romance, Manuscript Studies, Chaucer, Langland

Education
University of Georgia, BA; University of York, MA

Profile
My research focuses on the reception of Middle English texts from the late medieval to early modern periods, looking closely at the translation of those texts from one historical context to another through through the methodological lens of book history. I am particularly interested in readers and reading practices both in manuscript and print. My recent article, “Reading Chaucer in the Tower: The Person Behind the Pen in an Early-Modern Copy of Chaucer’s Works,” analyzes the copious manuscript marginalia written by a reader of the mid-sixteenth century in a print edition of Chaucer’s complete works held in the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library.

Recent Scholarly Work
"Reading Chaucer in the Tower: The Person Behind the Pen in an Early-Modern Copy of Chaucer’s Works.” Journal of the Early Book Society 18 (2015): 136-57.

"A Tale of Two Plowmen: The Mid 16th-Century Reception of Piers Plowman and the ‘Plowman's Tale.’” New Chaucer Society Congress. Queen Mary University of London. July 2016.

"Better than anything Ancient’: Artifice, Authenticity, and William Morris’s Created Scandinavian Past.” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. May 2016

"Reading Chaucer in the Tower: Personal and Conventional Annotations in an Early-Modern Copy of Chaucer’s Works.” Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society. University of Oxford. July 2015.

"Reviving the “Dust Consumed Champion”: Guy of Warwick as 17th-Century Topical Romance.” Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Newberry Library, Chicago. January 2015.

"Characterizing the Generic Status of the Seven Sages of Rome in its Manuscript Context." The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. January 2014. Paper presentation.