Dolores Warwick Frese

Dolores W

Professor Emerita

Specialty: Medieval literature, Chaucer

Degrees: BA, College of Notre Dame of Maryland; MTS, University of Notre Dame; MA, PhD, University of Iowa

Dolores Warwick Frese specializes in medieval poetic and prose vernacular fictions with particular emphasis on the poetry of Chaucer. In her book,An Ars Legendi for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:Re-constructive Reading (Gainesville: University of Florida Presses, 1991), she offers a new hypothesis concerning the earliest manuscripts of Chaucer'sCanterbury Tales; her book examines references to astronomy, astrology and number incorporated in the "Tales," "Prologues," and "Links" as poetic indices to the order, number and meaning of Chaucer's fictional project. She has published essays on Chaucer, Old French poetic and prose fictions, and Old and Middle English poetry. She has also editedThe Book and the Body with Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995) andAnglo-Saxon Poetry: Essays in Appreciation, with Lewis E. Nicholson (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1975). Her current work includes a study of Chaucerian allegories of vernacular practice and readings of theLais of Marie de France.


Recent Publications

  • "A Triduum for an Engagement to Marry." InNovenas: Prayers of Intercession and Devotion, edited by William G. Storey, 230-31. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2005.
  • "Sexing Political Tropes of Conquest: The Wife's Lament and Layamon'sBrut." InSex and Sexuality in Anglo Saxon England, edited by Carol Pasternack and Lisa M. C. Weston, 203-33. Tempe, AZ: MRTS, 2004.
  • “Rewriting the Moral Cosmos in the Thirteenth-CenturyQueste del Saint Graal." Cosmos 15 (2003 for 1999): 202-21.


Contact Information
212 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-6655

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556