Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Michael Erik Bigley

Michael Erik Bigley


Professional Statement

My literary interests run along two lines: the history of lyric poetry and the literature of the middle ages. My research lies directly at the nexis of these two lines, while my teaching runs more widely in both directions. My current research focus is a dissertation examining Geoffrey Chaucer's shorter poems in light of the traditions of lyric poetry that preceded them. I am also a poet myself, and received an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Montana.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


 "‘This laughable dissipation of the voice is called religion’: Musical Performance and Religious Discourse in The Canterbury Tales," Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference, 2009

 “'Herkneth my song that saith in this matere': Music and Religion in the Canterbury Tales,”  Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, The University of Montana, Missoula, 2007

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.