Lee Manion

Lee Manion
Associate Professor
224 Tate
Areas of Study: 
Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Research and Teaching: 

Medieval and early modern English and Scottish literature; narrative and form; political thought and sovereignty; crusading literature; romance and epic

Lee Manion received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His first book, Narrating the Crusades: Loss and Recovery in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge UP, 2014), which analyzes medieval crusading romances and their influence on Renaissance authors such as Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare, won the 2013 NeMLA Book Award for the best first unpublished manuscript on American, British, or other modern-language literature. In 2013-14 he was a NEH fellow at the National Humanities Center working on his second book, The Recognition of Sovereignty: Politics of Empire in Early Anglo-Scottish Literature, which examines literature's influence on theories of sovereignty in England and Scotland from the medieval to the early modern period. His article "The Loss of the Holy Land and Sir Isumbras: Literary Contributions to Fourteenth-Century Crusade Discourse" won the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize for best first article in the field of medieval studies from the Medieval Academy in 2012. He has also received an Institute of Historical Research Mellon Fellowship. His teaching interests include romance, Chaucer, Middle Scots verse and prose, Shakespeare, Spenser, Wroth, and topics in legal and political thought.

Education: 

Ph.D. University of Virginia

B.A. Duke University

Select Publications: 
  • “The Crusading Romance in Early Modern England: Converting the Past in Berners's Huon of Bordeaux and Johnson's Seven Champions of Christendom,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 48.3 (2018): 491-517
  • “Thinking Through the English Crusading Romance: Sir Gowther and the Baltic,” Thinking Medieval Romance, ed. Katherine Little and Nicola McDonald (Oxford UP, 2018), pp. 68-90
  • “'Perpetuel Memorye': Remembering History in the Crusading Romance,” Remembering the Crusades and Crusading, ed. Megan Cassidy-Welch (Routledge, 2016), pp. 114-28 
  • Narrating the Crusades: Loss and Recovery in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge UP, 2014)
  • "Sovereign Recognition: Contesting Political Claims in the Alliterative Morte Arthure and The Awntyrs off Arthur," Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ed. Robert Sturges (Brepols, 2011), pp. 69-91
  • "The Loss of the Holy Land and Sir Isumbras: Literary Contributions to Fourteenth-Century Crusade Discourse," Speculum 85.1 (2010): 65-90
Awards and Honors: 
  • Davidson Faculty Fellowship, 2018
  • MU Arts & Science Faculty Fellowship, 2015-16
  • MU Research Council Summer Research Grant, 2015
  • NEH Fellowship at the National Humanities Center, 2013-14
  • NeMLA Book Award, 2013
  • Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, Medieval Academy of America, 2012

Courses Taught: 

  • ENGL 4167/7167: Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances
  • ENGL 4210: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
  • ENGL 8210: Crusading in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
  • ENGL 3110: Arthurian Legends, Past and Present
  • ENGL 4166/7166: Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories
  • ENGL 4106/7106: Medieval and Renaissance Romance
  • ENGL 4970: Senior Capstone
  • ENGL 4166/7166: Chaucer and Spenser
  • ENGL 3200: Survey of British Literature, Beginnings to 1784