Berkeley English Graduate Students

Michelle Ripplinger

Michelle Ripplinger


Wed 11:30-12:30 (on Zoom); and by appointment

Professional Statement

I am a Ph.D. candidate in English and Medieval Studies at UC Berkeley, where I am currently revising my dissertation on “Chaucer, the Moralized Ovid, and the Unanticipated Woman Reader.” I primarily teach and write about late medieval literature, though my work extends across a range of historical periods and fields, including: the medieval and early modern reception of the classics; representational ethics and aesthetics; fictionality; the history of reading; and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. I am also interested in the vexed relationship between premodern and modern literary thought, including the role of women and gender in each.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


“Chaucer’s Proleptic Palinode”; forthcoming, Studies in the Age of Chaucer

“Hoccleve’s Series and the Unanticipated Woman Reader”; at press, Thomas Hoccleve: New Approaches, ed. Jenni Nuttall and David Watt

Papers & Talks

"Chaucer's Glossed Teseida.'' Paper presented at the Twenty-Second New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, 2022 (Durham, UK) 

"'She feleth no thyng': The Rape of Lucretia in Chaucer and Gower.'' Paper presented at the Chaucer Review panel on Narrative Technique and Point of View at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2022 (held remotely)

"Exemplarity and Violence Against Women in Chaucer and Hoccleve.'' Roundtable presentation at the Middle English Forum panel on "Medieval Abstraction" at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, 2020 (held remotely)

"Lydgate’s Apologies to Women." Paper at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Privilege and Position (canceled due to COVID-19)

Invited roundtable presentation on "Graduate Medievalists and the Institutions We Work In: Community and Activism.'' Medieval Academy of America (canceled due to COVID-19)

"Chaucer’s Unanticipated Women Readers.'' Paper presented on the "Gendered History, Historicized Gender" panel at the Twenty-First New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, 2018 (Toronto, ON)

"Homosocial Hoccleve." Paper presented at the International Hoccleve Society Conference on "The Making of Thomas Hoccleve," 2018 (Winnipeg, MB)

"Lady Mede’s Reading Lesson." Paper presented on the International Piers Plowman Society and Gender and Medieval Studies Working Group panel "Langland’s Women" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2017 (Kalamazoo, MI)

"Method and the Middle English Text." Roundtable presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2016 (Kalamazoo, MI)

"Reading Vernacular Devotion in The Myroure of Oure Ladye." Paper presented on the Lollard Society panel "What Do We Mean by Devotion?" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2016 (Kalamazoo, MI)

English Department Classes