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Michael Faletra

Professor of English and Humanities
English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Michael Faletra has been teaching and writing about the literatures of medieval Britain, including Middle English, Anglo-Latin, Anglo-Norman, Welsh, Irish, and Anglo-Saxon. He is the editor and translator of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (Broadview Press, 2008), one of the most influential books of the English Middle Ages. His most recent critical study, Wales and the Medieval Colonial Imagination: The Matters of Britain, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, and he has also published a number of articles on English proto-nationalism, Middle English and Anglo-Latin pseudo-histories, and on the interpenetration of English and Celtic cultures during the "long" twelfth century. His current projects include a book-length study of the Anglo-Latin writer Gerald of Wales and a collaborative translation (with Paul Merchant) of some of the works of the finest poet of medieval Wales, Dafydd ap Gwilym. Since 2001, Michael has been a member of the faculty at Reed College, where he regularly teaches courses on Chaucer, Dante, the medieval romance, and medieval Celtic literatures.

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