Edwin Craun Professor of English Emeritus

Edwin Craun



Ph.D., Princeton University


Medieval literature; justice and law in Medieval and Renaissance literature; virtues and vices; social reform in the Middle Ages. Professor Craun's research has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers (2003), a Jessie Ball Dupont Fellowship, National Humanities Center (2002-3), and a Huntington Library/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (2002).

Selected Publications


William Peraldus, Summa de Vitiis, ed. and trans. by Siegfried Wenzel, Richard Newhauser, Bridget Balint, and Edwin Craun, under contract at Oxford University Press (3 vols.).

Ethics and Power in Medieval English Reformist Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Editor and contributor. The Hands of the Tongue: Essays on Deviant Speech. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007.

Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature: Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker. Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Recent Articles

"The Imperatives of Denunciatio": Disclosing Others' Sins to Disciplinary Authorities," in Imagining Inquisition in England1215-1550, ed. Mary Flannery and Katie Walter. Westfield Medieval Studies 4. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013.

"Aristotle's Biology and Pastoral Ethics: John of Wales' De lingua and British Pastoral Writing on the Tongue." Traditio 67 (2012), 277-303.

"Wycliffism and Slander." Wycliffite Controversies. Ed. Patrick Hornbeck and Mishtooni Bose. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. 227-42.

"'It is a freletee of flessh': Excuses for Sin, Pastoral Rhetoric, and Moral Agency" in In the Garden of Evil: The Vices and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Richard Newhauser. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2007. 33-60.

"'Fama' and Pastoral Constraints on Rebuking Sin: 'The Book of Margery Kempe'." Fama: The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe. Ed. Thelma Fenster and Daniel Small. Cornell University Press, 2003.

"Lewte and the Practice of Fraternal Correction." Yearbook of Langland Studies 15 (2001): 15-25.