Richard Godden

Richard  Godden

Assistant Professor

114 Allen Hall

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Humanities & Social Sciences



 Medieval Literature and Culture, Disability Studies, Monstrosity, Ecocriticism, Digital Humanities, Medieval Romance, Chaucer



Richard H. Godden is a new Assistant Professor in English specializing in Medieval Literature and Culture. He received his PhD in English at Washington University in St. Louis, and he has taught at Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans. His research and teaching interests include representations of disability and monstrosity in the Middle Ages, medieval romance, Chaucer, and Digital Humanities. His current book project, Material Subjects: An Ecology of Prosthesis in Medieval Literature and Culture, focuses on the material objects with which medieval bodies were so intimate, including not only recognizable prosthetics (both mundane and miraculous) that serve as replacement for missing appendages or as assistive devices such as eyeglasses and crutches, but also more common literary and cultural objects such as armor, clothing, and religious relics. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming essay collection, Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, and of The Open Access Companion to The Canterbury Tales.



“Universal Design and Its Discontents.” With Jonathan Hsy. Disrupting the Digital Humanities. Eds. Jesse Stommel and Dorothy Kim. Punctum Books ,2017.

“Prosthetic Ecologies: Vulnerable Bodies and the Dismodern Subject in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Textual Practice (Special Issue on Prosthesis), Eds. Katie Walter and Chloe Porter 30.7 (2016): 1273-1290.  

“Gawain and the Nick of Time: Fame, History, and the Untimely in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Arthuriana: The Journal of Arthurian Studies 26.4 (2016): 150-171.  *Awarded the James Randall Leader prize by the International Arthurian Society’s North American Branch for best essay on an Arthurian subject published in 2016.

“Making Disability Part of the Conversation: Combatting Inaccessible Spaces and Logics.” With Anne-Marie Womack. Hybrid Pedagogy, 2016.

“Analytical Survey: Encountering Disability in the Middle Ages.” With Jonathan Hsy. New Medieval Literatures 15 (2013): 317-343.