Medieval English and European literatures professor to give lecture Feb. 27

February 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Robert F. Yeager, professor of English at the University of West Florida, will present ”Amans the Memorious,” at 12:15 p.m., Feb. 27, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Yeager is president of the International John Gower Society, editor of JGN The John Gower Newsletter, and has published widely on medieval English and European literatures. His special interests are Old English literature and language, the French of England, and the poetry of Chaucer and Gower.

He has written and edited more than 17 books and collections of essays, including "Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-first Century," with H.D. Chickering and Allen J. Frantzen, for MRTS; John Gower’s "Poetic: The Search for a New Arion; A Concordance to the French Poetry and Prose of John Gower"; "Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery," with Terry Jones, Terry Dolan, Alan Fletcher and Juliette Dor; edited and translated "John Gower: The Minor Latin Works," and a companion volume, "John Gower: The French Balades"; and, with Brian W. Gastle, co-edited "Approaches to Teaching John Gower’s Poetry," for the Modern Language Association; and — with Ana Sáez-Hidalgo — "John Gower in England and Iberia: Manuscripts, Influences, and Reception." With Alastair Minnis, he is series editor for the "John Gower Society Monograph Series."

His current research includes English recusant writings, especially in Spain; the scribes and limners of late 14th-century Norwich; and a literary biography of John Gower.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.

Last Updated February 24, 2017