Samantha Seal

Samantha Katz Seal, Assistant Professor


PhD, Yale University

Teaching and Research Interests:

Chaucer, Shakespeare, Medieval Literature, Women’s Writing, Medicine and the Body in Literature, Religion in Literature, Feminist and Queer Theory 

Recent Graduate Courses:

MENG 5610 Medieval British Literature
MENG 6520 Seminar in Shakespeare

MENG 6250 Witches and Magic in British Literature

Publications and Presentations:

Book Project:

  • Reading the Womb: Chaucer’s Reproductive Metaphors (tentative title)


  • “Pregnant Desire: Eyes and Appetites in The Merchant’s Tale,” forthcoming from The Chaucer Review.
  •  “Miraculous History: Fictions of Text and Body in a Ritual Murder Trial,” Religion & Literature 44.1 (Spring, 2012).
  • “To Speak of Silence: Clemence of Barking’s Life of St. Catherine and Her Vision of Female Wisdom,” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, edited by Judith Sutera, OSB, and John Crean, OSB, Fall/Winter 2010.

Selected Recent Presentations: 

  • “The Marks of Maternal Desire: Pregnancy, Lust, and the Visible Womb in the Merchant’s Tale,” New Chaucer Society Conference, July 2012. 
  •  “’The Roote of Iniquitee’ and the ‘Welle of Vices’: The Hermaphroditic Mother in the Man of Law’s Tale,” 47th International Medieval Conference, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012.
  • “The Sign of the Womb: The Reproductive Body as Unreliable Text in The Canterbury Tales,” The Medieval Academy of America’s Annual Meeting, March 2012.
  • “Jewish Bodies, Christian Witness: Transforming the Memory of Torture in the Simon of Trent Affair,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 8, 2011.


  • Community Based Learning Faculty Fellow, Weber State University, 2012-2013
  • The Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2012
  • Yale University Robert M. Leylan Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Yale University Summer Language Institute Fellowship, 2010
Samantha Katz Seal
Assistant Professor

PhD, Yale University

Office: EH 453

Phone: 801.626.6543