Dean's research interests chiefly revolve around medieval literature and culture, particularly English writers of the later medieval period (Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, the Gawain-poet, and lesser-known authors, including anonymous alliterative writers of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries). Among the research faculty concerned with the Track "Print & Material Culture," he studies medieval manuscripts and the making of texts. As part of this effort he has produced five edited books; and currently he is completing an edition of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde for Broadview Press. Dean believes it is often necessary and important to put together a text before interpreting it. His other research interests include the medieval biblical (and pseudo-biblical) writings and the international culture of the later Middle Ages. His teaching interests include earlier English literature and culture as well as freshman courses such as Tools of Textual Analysis (ENGL101). Among the Literary Studies faculty, he teaches Medieval Literature and Culture on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Years ago he founded the Medieval Studies Minor, which continues to attract students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the medieval field.
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