Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
Kara Doyle, professor of English

Kara Doyle

Job Title
Dean of Academic Departments and Programs
F. W. Olin Center 210

Research interests

Chaucer (especially in relation to the European tradition), Middle and Early Modern English literature, Old French literature, women as readers, medieval manuscripts, Chaucerian reception in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


Book Cover of Chaucer's Shorter Poems 1400-1450 by Kara Doyle

The Reception of Chaucer’s Shorter Poems, 1400-1450: Female Audiences, English Manuscripts, French Contexts (Boydell and Brewer, 2021).

“‘Je M’Aviseray’: Chaucer’s Anelida, Shirley’s Chaucer, Shirley’s Readers,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 38 (2016), pp. 275-85.

Book Review: Carolyn Collette, Rethinking Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women, in Journal of Germanic and English Philology 114:4 (October 2015), pp. 592-94.

“Fabulous Women, Fables of Patronage: Metham’s Amoryus and Cleopes and BL MS Additional 10304,” in Poetry and Social Practice, ed. Seeta Chaganti (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012), pp. 124-42.

“Beyond Resistance: Azalais d’Altier, Christine de Pizan, and the ‘Good’ Female Reader of Briseyda,” Exemplaria 20.1 (Winter 2008), pp. 72-97.

“Thisbe out of Context: Female Readers and the Findern Manuscript,” Chaucer Review 40:3 (2006), pp. 231-61.

“Criseyde Reading, Reading Criseyde” in New Perspectives on Criseyde, ed. Cindy Vitto and Marcia Smith-Marzec (Ashville: Pegasus Press, 2004), pp. 75-110.

"Narratizing Marie of Ponthieu," Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 30 no.1 (Spring 2004), pp. 29-54.

Additional media

Academic credentials

A.B., Georgetown University; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University