Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise
- Medieval Studies: Old and Middle English Language and Literature
- Historical linguistics, especially pertaining to multilingualism in medieval England
- Manuscripts and paleography
- Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
- Literary Theory pertaining to metaphor
- Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Judith Tschann specializes in medieval literature, working especially on Chaucer, humor, medieval modes of reading, and multilingualism in medieval England. She co-authored, along with M.B. Parkes, an analysis of a thirteenth-century collection of works, MS Digby 86 (EETS, Oxford UP, 1996). She has received an NEH Fellowship and Summer Stipends, Outstanding Teaching awards, and the 2009-10 Professor of the Year Award. Her non-academic writing includes an historical novel set in the thirteenth century. She was chair of the English Department for a number of years, as well as chair of the curriculum committee and member of the faculty review committee. Most of all she enjoys working with her students to bring old literature alive.
Courses Offered at Redlands
- Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
- Shakespeare’s Plays after 1600
- History of Literary Criticism
- Intro to Linguistics
- History of English
- Language Theory
- Latin tutorials
- Jane Austen
- First-year seminars on Shakespeare and Film
- Senior Seminars on Comedy
- Travel courses in England and in Salzburg
- Mothers and Daughters
- Many introductory courses in literature and writing
- Homer in translation
Awards, Honors and Grants
- Professor of the Year, UR 2009-2010
- Outstanding Teaching Award, UR, 2009
- Robert Morlan Award, UR chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
- Commendation for Distinguished Performance, UR, 2003
- NEH Summer Seminars, including “Old French Fabliaux,” Yale, 2003
- NEH Summer Stipend, to study multilingualism in medieval England, 1999
- Certificate of Recognition, Calif. Legislature Assembly, 1995
- Outstanding Research Award, UR 1994
- NEH Fellowship, to study Canterbury Tales manuscripts, 1991-92
Publications, Presentations and Panels
“Nicholas of Lyra’s Model of Reading, and the Question of Literal Interpretation.” New Chaucer Society, Swansea University, Wales, 2008.
“On Being a Student in the Year 1206: The Beginnings of the Universities in the West.” Phi Beta Kappa guest lecture, Univ. of Redlands, 2006.
“Literalism in the Old French Fabliaux.” Southeast Medieval Association, Charleston, SC, 2004.
“Macaronic Writing and Loanwords.” New Chaucer Society, Glasgow, 2004.
"Facsimile of MS Digby 86," with an introduction by Judith Tschann and M.B. Parkes. Early English Text Society ss 16. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. (100-page analysis of a 13th century manuscript)
“The Mind Distended: The Miller’s Tale, Summoner’s Tale, and the Retraction.” Chaucer’s Humor. Ed. J. Jost. NY: Garland P, 1994. 349-378.
“The Layout of ‘Sir Topas’ in the Ellesmere, Hengwrt, Cambridge Dd.4.24, and Cambridge Gg.4.27 Manuscripts.” Chaucer Review 20 (1985): 1 – 13.
Book reviews in the Ruminator Review.
- Modern Language Association
- Medieval Academy of America
- New Chaucer Society