Professor of English/Writing Coordinator

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Dominique Battles joined Hanover College in 2000. She regularly teaches courses in Middle English literature, Chaucer and Early literature. When not thinking and writing about heroic literature, she enjoys gardening and knitting.


Ph.D., English Literature (2001) -- University of Virginia M.A., Medieval Studies (1987) -- University of York, U.K., Centre for Medieval Studies B.A., History (1986) -- Boston University

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations

Middle English literature, Chaucer, early literature, medieval romance, medieval tradition of Thebes, the classical tradition in medieval literature, cultural identity in Middle English romance



"Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English Romance: Saxons and Normans" (Routledge, 2013).

"The Medieval Tradition of Thebes: History and Narrative in the OF Roman de Thebes, Boccaccio, Chaucer and Lydgate" (Routledge, 2004).


“The Middle English Athelston and 1381: The Road to Rebellion,” Studies in Philology 117:3 (2020): 469-87. Winner of the 2020 Louis Round Wilson Prize for “Article of the Year” in Studies in Philology (for the two-article sequence).

“The Middle English Athelston and 1381: The Politics of Anglo-Saxon Identity,” Studies in Philology 117:1 (2020): 1-39.

"Melidor and the 'wylde men of the west' in the Middle English 'Sir Degrevant'," forthcoming in American Notes and Queries.

Co-authored with Paul Battles, "From Thebes to Camelot: Incest, Civil War, and Kin-slaying in the Fall of Arthur's Kingdom," Arthuriana 27 (2017): 3-28.

"The Middle English 'Sir Degrevant' and the Scottish Border," Studies in Philology 113 (2016): 501-545.

"The Middle English 'Sir Degrevant' and the Architecture of the Border," English Studies 96 (2015): 853-872.

"Re-Conquering England for the English in 'Havelok the Dane,'" The Chaucer Review 47 (2012): 187-205.

"The City of Babylon in the Middle English 'Floris and Blancheflour,'" Anglia: Zeitschrift fur englische Philologie 128 (2010): 75-82.

"Sir Orfeo and English Identity," Studies in Philology 107 (2010): 79-93.

"The Chaucer Seminar: An Alternative to the Long Research Paper," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 17 (2010): 101-112.

"The Heroic Voice in Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan," Tristania 25 (2009): 1-24.

"The Literary Source of the minnegrotte in Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan," Neophilologus 93 (2009): 465-469.

"Building a Better Introduction to Medieval Literature Course," co-authored with Paul Battles, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 15 (2008): 39-46.

"Boccaccio's Teseida and the Destruction of Troy," Medievalia et Humanistica, New Series 28 (2001): 73-99

"Trojan Elements in the OF Roman de Thebes," Neophilologus 85 (2001): 163-176; reprint forthcoming in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (Thompson Publishing).

"Chaucer's Franklin's Tale and Boccaccio's Filocolo Reconsidered," Chaucer Review 34 (1999): 38-59.

"Narrative Duality in Robert the Monk: A Comparison of the Historia Hierosolimitana and the anonymous Gesta Francorum," Romance Languages Annual 5 (1993): 136-41.

Dominique Battles