Shannon Gayk

Shannon Gayk

Associate Professor, English

Director, Medieval Studies Institute


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2005
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2004
  • B.A., Duke University, 1998

Journal Articles and Other Publications

Form and Reform: Reading Across the Fifteenth Century, edited with Kathleen Tonry (The Ohio State University Press, 2011).

The Sacred Object, Special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44:3 (2014), edited with Robyn Malo (Purdue University).

Theorizing Early English Genre, Special double issue of Exemplaria 27. 1-2 (2015), edited with Ingrid Nelson (Amherst College).

Forms of Catastrophe, A special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022), edited with Evelyn Reynolds.

Selected Articles:

“Apocalyptic Ecologies: Eschatology, the Ethics of Care, and the Fifteen Signs of the Doom in Early England,” Speculum 96.1 (January 2021): 1-37.

“The Present of Future Things: Medieval Media and the Signs of the End of the World.”  In Reassessing Alabaster Sculpture in Medieval England, edited by Jessica Brantley, Elizabeth Teviotdale, and Stephen Perkinson, 229-260 (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2020).

“Idiot Psalms: Sound, Style, and the Performance of the Literary in the Towneley Shepherds’ Plays.” The Medieval Literary: Beyond Form, edited by Robert Meyer-Lee and Cathy Sanok, 119-140 (Boydell and Brewer, 2018).

“‘By Provocative Means’: Power, Protection, and Henry VIII’s Prayer Roll.” Exemplaria 27:4 (2017): 296-313.

“The Form of Christ’s Passion: Preaching the Imitatio Passionis in Late Medieval England.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 31 (2017): 231-257.

"Introduction: Genre and Form-of-Life" with Ingrid Nelson, Exemplaria 27.1-2 (2015): 3-17.

"Introduction: The Sacred Object" with Robyn Malo, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 44:3 (2014): 457-67.

"Early Modern Afterlives of the Arma Christi.” In The Arma Christi in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Objects, Representation, and Devotional Practice, eds. Lisa H. Cooper and Andrea Denny-Brown, 273-307. Ashgate: 2013.

“Early English Orthodoxies: Reading the English Reformations” (Review Essay). The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2013): 495-510.

“Lollard Texts, Literary Critics, and the Meaningfulness of Form.” In Lollard Controversies, eds. Mishtooni Bose and J. Patrick Hornbeck (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming in 2011).

“‘Ete this book’: Literary Consumption and Poetic Invention in Capgrave’s Life of St. Katherine,” in Form and Reform (Columbus: Ohio State UP, forthcoming 2011).

“‘To wondre upon this thyng’: Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale.” Exemplaria 22.2 (2010).

“Teaching Chaucer’s Legacy,” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 15:1 (2008): 91-104.

“‘Among psalms to fynde a cleer sentence’: John Lydgate, Eleanor Hull, and the Art of Vernacular Exegesis,” New Medieval Literatures 10 (2008): 165-192.

“Images of Pity: The Regulatory Aesthetics of John Lydgate’s Religious Poetry,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 28 (2006): 175-203.

“‘As Plouзmen han preued’: The Alliterative Work of a Set of Lollard Sermons” Yearbook of Langland Studies 20 (2006): 43-65.