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Adin Lears

Assistant Professor
(804) 827 8324
Hibbs Hall 324H


Cornell University, PhD
Queens College, CUNY, MA
Vassar College, BA

Teaching and Research Interests

Old and Middle English literature and culture
Medieval cultural and intellectual history
Feminist, gender, and sexuality theory and studies
Sound studies
History of science and technology
British and American modernism and medievalism


“On Bells and Rebellion: The Auditory Imagination and Social Reform, Medieval and Modern” in Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages: Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music, ed. Katharine Jager (Palgrave, 2019).

“Noise, Sound-Play, and Langland’s Poetics of Lolling in the Time of Wyclif” Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2016) 165-200.

So and Sense: Language Problems and Affective Solutions in Anglo-Saxon Treatments of the Guthlac Legend” Viator 44 no. 3 (2013) 63-84.

“Something from Nothing: Melancholy, Gossip, and Chaucer’s Poetics of Idling in the Book of the DuchessThe Chaucer Review 48 no. 2 (2013) 205-221.

Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

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