Thomas J. Farrell

J. Ollie Edmunds Chair
Professor and Chair of English


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983
  • A.M., University of Michigan, 1978
  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1976

Course Topics

  • Author: Chaucer
  • Genre: Epic and Novel
  • Old English Medieval Literature
  • Dante's Commedia (Junior Seminar)
  • Text-Criticism-Theory
  • Reading Narrative
  • Detective Fiction
  • History of the English Language

Research Interests

  • Co-Leader in the Canterbury Tales Project—work on the Reeve's Tale.
  • Editorial Theory
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval literature
  • Bibliographic theory
  • Narrative theory


  • "The Meanings of Middle English Wight," The Chaucer Review 50 (2015): 178-197.
  • "His Lady Grace and the Performance of the Squire," in Aesthetics in Old and Middle English Poetry: Essays in Honor of Howell D. Chickering, Jr. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2014), pp. 142-64.
  • "Editors and Scribes in Two Clerk's Tale Cruxes," The Chaucer Review 47 (2013): 300-22.
  • "The Problem of Piers Plowman," Medieval Perspectives 26 (2011): 35-45.
  • "The Diegetic Achievement of Patrick O'Brian," Papers on Language and Literature 45 (2009): 150-79.
  • "Hybrid Discourse in the General Prologue Portraits," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 30 (2008): 39-93.
  • "The Persistence of Donaldson's Memory," Chaucer Review 41 (2007): 286-95.
  • The Clerk's Tale Chapter in Sources and Analogues of the Canterbury Tales (Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 2002) Vol. I: 101-129 (with Amy W. Goodwin).
  • Editor, Medieval Voices: Essays on Bakhtin and Medieval Literature (Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1996).
  • "Deconstructing Moriarty: False Armageddon at the Reichenbach," in The Cunning Craft: Original Essays on Detective Fiction and Contemporary Theory, Ronald G. Walker and June M. Frazer, eds. (Macomb, IL: Essays in Literature Series, 1990), 55-67.
  • "Privacy and the Boundaries of Fabliau in the Miller's Tale," ELH 56 (1989): 773-95.
  • "The Style of the Clerk's Tale and the Functions of its Glosses," Studies in Philology 86 (1989): 286-309.


  • "Live At Kalamazoo: The York Fall of Angels, Fall of Man, Abraham and Isaac; The Brome MS Abraham and Isaac," The Chaucer Studio, 2011
  • "Townley Plays: Live at Kalamazoo" (ICMS Readings 4: 2 CDs), The Chaucer Studio, 2005.
  • "The Second Shepherds' Play: A Live Reading at Kalamazoo," The Chaucer Studio, 2003.

Thomas Farrell

Faculty Expert

  • English language
  • Detective fiction

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