- Medieval Studies
Dr. Wollock’s research interests include: chivalric literature and culture, Chaucer, the Bible, Arthurian literature, Robin Hood, Sir Walter Scott, Malory, early Yiddish language and literature and its connections to Middle English, and the ecological role of heritage languages, ballads and theater history.
Honors and Awards:
- Phi Beta Kappa 1973
Goodman, Jennifer R. Rethinking Chivalry and Courtly Love. 2011
This book offers an overview of the origins, growth, and influence of chivalry and courtly love, casting new light on the importance of these medieval ideals for understanding world history and culture to the present day.
Goodman, Jennifer R. Chivalry and Exploration 1298-1630. 1998
Explorers from Marco Polo to Captain John Smith viewed their travels and discoveries in the light of attitudes they absorbed from the literature of medieval knighthood. Their own accounts, and contemporary narratives (reinforced by the interest of early printers), reveal this interplay, but historians of exploration on the one hand, and of chivalry on the other, have largely ignored this cultural connection. Jennifer Goodman convincingly develops the idea of the chivalric romance as an imaginative literature of travel; she traces the publication of medieval chivalric texts alongside exploration narratives throughout the later middle ages and renaissance, and reveals parallel themes and preoccupations.
Goodman, Jennifer R. British Drama before 1600. 1990
This study covers the development of British drama from the time of the Roman colonization to the restoration of Charles II in 1660. The author provides an overview of scholarship on the subject since 1950, and goes on to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the two main approaches to drama study: stage history and the literary study of drama.
- Malory and Caxton’s Prose Romances of 1485
- The Legend of Arthur in British and American Literature
- “Medieval England and Iberia: A Chivalric Relationship”