Krista Twu

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Professional title

Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty

Bio

WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW:
Stag's Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds (2012)
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson (2012)

WHAT I'M WRITING RIGHT NOW:
A Modern English Critical Translation of Raymund of Penyafort’s Summa de Poenitentia, a 13th-Century Treatise on the Sacrament of Penitence.

THE BEST POEM OF ALL TIME:
Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requires?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
     (Catullus, Poem 85, ca. 50ad)

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Teaching Interests 

Medieval & Renaissance Literature, Comparative Literature, Religious Literature, Critical Theory, Literary History, Codicology, Paleography, Philology.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1535: King Arthur in Literature, History and Art
ENGL 3501: British Literature I (Origins-1800)
ENGL 3222: Shakespeare
Engl.5312: Chaucer
ENGL 5533: English Literature before 1800 (various topics)
     “Love in the Time of Plague”
     “Mapping the Heavens”
     “Sinners and Saints”
     “Hell: Sin and Punishment in Medieval Literature”
ENGL 5821: History of the English Language
ENGL 5661: Publishing the Middle Ages
ENGL 8171: British Literature before 1800 (various topics)
ENGL 8906: Introduction to Critical Theory

Research Interests 

Medieval Literature in Middle English and Latin, Religious Literature, Theology and Canon Law. 

Publications

“Chaucer's Vision of the Tree of Life: Crossing the Road with the Rood in the Parson’s Tale,” Chaucer Review 39.4 (2005).

Review Article: Mark Miller, Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Carmina Philosophiae 15 (2006).

“The Awntyrs off Arthure: Reliquary for Romance,” Arthurian Literature XX (2003).

Book Review: Joel C. Relihan, The Prisoner’s Philosophy: Life and Death in Boethius’s Consolation. University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, in Speculum, Vol. 84, No. 4(Oct. 2009).