I teach and write about medieval English literature. My research focuses on meter and poet
I teach and write about medieval English literature. My research focuses on meter and poetics (what makes poetry tick). My first book is English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the English Association Beatrice White Prize in 2018. With Alastair Bennett and Katharine Breen, I edit the Yearbook of Langland Studies. My writing on culture and politics appears in Newsweek, The Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. See https://www.ericweiskott.com/public/. At Boston College, I teach in the fields of medieval literature and poetics: usually both at once. In collaboration with my students, I am building an interactive digital map of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. See https://mediakron.bc.edu/mappingchaucer/. I am also a poet, and my poems appear in several print and digital journals.
I look to linguistics and cognitive studies to shift conversations about prosody from inve
I look to linguistics and cognitive studies to shift conversations about prosody from investigating “what” a poem’s prosodic practice may be described as to “why” prosodic patterns and disruptions engage us at all. My writing has connected expansive blank verse to free verse practice and, especially, tackled intonation as an under-explored component of verse prosody. At the State University of New York at Fredonia, I teach poetry, 20th-century literature, and professional writing and currently serve as an associate editor for The Wallace Stevens Journal and guest editor for The Robert Frost Review.