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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Edwin Craun

Professor of English Emeritus

Retired June 2011
Washington 108
(540) 458-8757


Ph.D., Princeton University


Medieval literature; justice and law in Medieval and Renaissance literature; virtues and vices; social reform in the Middle Ages. Professor Craun's research has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers (2003), a Jessie Ball Dupont Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2002-3), and a Huntington Library/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (2002).

Selected Publications


Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Editor and contributor. The Hands of the Tongue: Essays on Deviant Speech. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007.

Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature: Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker. Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Recent Articles

"Wycliffism and Slander." Wycliffite Controveries. Ed. Patrick Hornbeck and Mishtooni Bose. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. 227-42.

"'It is a freletee of flessh': Excuses for Sin, Pastoral Rhetoric, and Moral Agency" in In the Garden of Evil: The Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2007. 33-60.

"'Fama' and Pastoral Constraints on Rebuking Sin: 'The Book of Margery Kempe'." Fama: The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe. Ed. Thelma Fenster and Daniel Small. Cornell University Press, 2003.

"Lewte and the Practice of Fraternal Correction." Yearbook of Langland Studies 15 (2001): 15-25.