Office: English, Hall of Letters #201
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
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.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Shakespeare's Plays after 1600
History of Literary Criticism
Intro to Linguistics
History of English
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
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
"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