Department of English


Thomas Hahn

Research Interests

Thomas Hahn's teaching centers on the sponsorship, production, and interpretation of texts and images from the earlier Middle Ages through the early modern period. Recent papers, publications, and seminars have concentrated on those scattered or huddled at the edges of emerging European identities, including women, Indians, Jews, heretics, Robin Hood and other outlaws, virtuous pagans, popular chivalric heroes, and other monstrous types. This work has entailed engagement with recent theory and practice in feminist criticism, visual and cultural studies, and social history. During the last decade and more he has put much energy into collaborative projects such as the Chaucer Bibliographies and the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series. He continues to work with Latin, and Old and Middle English texts.

Fellowships, Honors & Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowships
  • Kauffman and Ford Foundations, NEH (1989-1995) program grants
  • Trustee (elected), New Chaucer Society, 2012-2016; Program Chair (Siena, Italy), 2010
  • Goergen Award for Artistry and Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching (College’s Highest Award and Prize), September 2001
  • Student Association Award, Professor of the Year in the Humanities, April 2001
  • Annual Edward Peck Curtis Award, Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher (University of Rochester’s Highest Prize), 1995-96
  • Founding Member, International Association for Robin Hood Studies; Advisory Board, IARHS
  • Convenor / Co-convenor of international conferences: Older Scots Literature and Culture (Rochester NY, 2016); Robin Hood, Media Creature (Rochester, 2009); Cultural Transformations of Robin Hood (Rochester, 1997); History-Text-Theory: Reconceiving Chaucer (Rochester, 1988)
  • General Editor, The Chaucer Bibliographies (University of Toronto Press)

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • Chaucer; Medieval Otherworlds; Europe and its Others; Power, Sex, Suicide – Dido and the Shaping of Feminine Identities; Medieval and Early Modern Travel; Text and Image, Manuscript to Print

Selected Publications

  • Sir Thomas Malory’s “Morte Darthur.” Oxford Bibliographies Online. Co-author, with Leah Haught, 2016.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Oxford Research Encyclopedia Online. Co-author, with Sharon Rhodes, 2016.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Co-author, with Leah Haught, 2012 [Ranked first in all OBO titles for use and citation in 2012.]
  • “East and West, Cosmopolitan and Imperial in the Roman Alexander.”  Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages:  Transcultural Perspectives, ed. Markus Stock (University of Toronto Press, 2016, 13-29.
  • “Don’t Cry for Me, Augustinus:  Dido and the Dangers of Empathy.”  Truth and Tales: Essays for Richard Firth Green, ed. Fiona Somerset and Nicholas Watson.  Columbus:  Ohio State University Press, 2014, 41-59.
  • "Exempt me, Sire, for I am afeard of women': Gendering Robin Hood," with Stephen Knight, in Bandit Territories: British Outlaws and Their Traditions, ed. Helen Phillips, University of Wales 2008, 24-43
  • "Middle English Romance," with Dana Symons, in A Companion to Middle English Literature and Culture, ed. Peter Brown, Blackwell's 2007, 341-57
  • "Robin Hood and the Rise of Cultural Studies," in Medieval Cultural Studies, ed. Ruth Evans, Helen Fulton, and David Matthews, University of Wales 2006, 39-54
  • "Christian Diaspora in Late Medieval, Early Modern Perspective: A Transcription of the Treatise Decem nationes christianorum," in Medieval Connections, ed. Theresa Tinkle et al., Peter Lang 2003, 369-87
  • Ye Original Operetta, in Five Acts, entitled Robin Hood.  Writ by Charles Robinson.  Facsimile of 1888 play, with Introduction. Rochester NY: University of Rochester, 2009.
  • Peter Goodall and others, The Tales of the Monk and Nun's Priest, Chaucer Bibliographies, vol. 8, University of Toronto 2009 (general editor)
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, spec. issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31.1 (2001)
  • Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression, and Justice, Boydell & Brewer 2000
  • Retelling Stories: Structure, Context, and Innovation in Traditional Narratives, with Alan Lupack, Boydell & Brewer 1997
  • Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales, Medieval Institute/Middle English Texts Series
  • Reconceiving Chaucer: Literary Theory and Historical Interpretation, spec. issue of Exemplaria2.1 (1990)