Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Edward Wheatley

Title/s: Professor

Specialty Area: Medieval English and continental literature, paleography and manuscript studies, history of the English language, disability studies

Office #: Crown Center 455

Phone: 82254



Recent Invited Lectures:

“Does Sin Cause Disability? Some Medieval Perspectives,” Symposium on Disease and Disability in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Newberry Library, February 20, 2010.

“Commodifications of the Flesh: Disabling Miracles of Chastisement in Medieval French and Norman Culture,” University of Notre Dame Disability Studies Forum, February 3, 2010.

“Voices of Violence: Old French Farce and the Dover Cliff Scene in King Lear,” University of Chicago Renaissance Seminar, May 19, 2009.

Lectures on “Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind: Medieval Constructions of a Disability:”

University of Notre Dame Symposium on Blindness, March 6, 2009.

Pennsylvania State University, November 5, 2007.


B.A., Rhodes College

M.A., Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York

M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Research Interests

Medieval English and continental literature, paleography and manuscript studies, history of the English language, disability studies

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

Afterword, The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe. Edited by W. J. Turner and T.V. Pearman. Edwin Mellen Press, 2011.

“Medieval Constructions of Blindness in Medieval England and France.” The Disability Studies Reader, 3rd edition. Edited by Lennard Davis. Routledge, 2010, pp. 63-73.

“Voices of Violence: Medieval French Farce and the Dover Cliff Scene in King Lear,” Comparative Drama, Winter 2010, pp. 455-71

"Murderous Sows in Chaucer's Knight's Tale and Fourteenth-Century France." Chaucer Review, October 2009.

"The Developing Corpus of Translated Writing," in The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. 1: To 1500 (2008), pp. 171-89. (solicited by editor)

Chapter on "Concepts and Models of Translation in Medieval Europe" in Ubersetzung* Translation* Traduction:  An International Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, vol. 2, Walter de Gruyter, Inc. (2007), pp. 1300-07. (solicited by editors) 

"A River Runs Through It: Disability, Homosexuality, Queered/Disabled Discourse, and the Isle of Blandie in Bérinus," Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007.

"The Blind Beating the Blind: An Unidentified 'Game' in a Marginal Illustration of The Romance of Alexander, MS Bodley 264," The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol. 68, 2007 for 2005, pp. 213-17. 

"The Manciple's Tale," Sources and Analogues of The Canterbury Tales, 2nd edition, vol. 2. Edited by Robert Correale and Mary Hamel. D.S. Brewer, 2005, pp. 749-73.


Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind:  Medieval Constructions of a Disability, U of Michigan P series "Corporealities":  Discourses of Disability," Spring 2010.  

Mastering Aesop: Medieval Education, Chaucer, and His Followers. UP of Florida, 2000.