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Department of English

University of Mississippi

Steven Justice

imageSteven Justice moved to Ole Miss in 2013, after teaching for twenty-five years at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a medievalist, but writes and teaches about a long stretch of literary and intellectual history from late antiquity through early modernity; he is especially interested in the forms of thought that shape and differentiate cultural enterprises like literature and religious practice, and in the forms of self-reflection built into each of these. He has held major fellowships from the NEH, the University of California, the Princeton University Council of the Humanities, and the Stanford Humanities Center. His first book, Writing and Rebellion: England in 1381, won the Modern Language Association Prize for Best First Book in 1995.


  • 1985 Ph.D., Princeton University, English
  • 1980 B.A., Yale University, English

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Medieval European literary and intellectual history
  • criticism and theory

Recent publications

“Piers Plowman and Literary History.” In Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway, eds. Cambridge Uuniversity Press, forthcoming.

“Chaucer’s History-Effect.” In Answerable Style: Form, History, the Idea of the Literary in Late-Medieval England. Frank Grady and Andrew Galloway, eds. Ohio State University Press, 2013, 169-194.

“Eucharistic Miracle and Eucharistic Doubt.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42 (2012), 307-332.

“Preface to Fleming.” In Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Medieval English Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming. Will Robbins and Robert Epstein, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2009, 205-20.

“Who Stole Robertson?” PMLA 124 (2009), 609-15.

“Literary History.” In Chaucer: Contemporary Appraoches. Susanna Fein and David Raybin, eds. Penn State University Press, 2009, 195-210

“Did the Middle Ages Believe in their Miracles?” Representations 103 (2008):1-29.

“Religious Dissent, Social Revolt, and ‘Ideology.’” In Christopher Dyer and Chris Wickham, eds. Rodney Hilton’s Middle Ages: Essays on his Historical Themes. Past and Present Supplement 1. Oxford University Press, 2007, 205-16.

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