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Elizabeth Johnson Bryan

Associate Professor of English:
Phone: +1 401 863 3745

Elizabeth Bryan researches medieval Brut Chronicle narratives and their evolving interpretations, medieval and early modern palaeography and codicology, theories of authorship and textual production in manuscript cultures, and Early Middle English vernacularity. She has published Collaborative Meaning in Medieval Scribal Culture: The Otho Laȝamon (Michigan, 1999) and articles on Laȝamon and on historical reception of the Middle English prose Brut.


Bryan is author of Collaborative Meaning in Medieval Scribal Culture: the Otho Laȝamon (1999) and articles on Laȝamon's Brut and the Middle English prose Brut and on medieval manuscripts. Edited a special issue of Arthuriana summer 2000. Current projects focus on manuscript text and image in the fifteenth-century ME prose Brut, and on twelfth- and thirteenth-century European contexts for Laȝamon's use of vernacular Early Middle English.


Bryan's research includes medieval literatures in Old and Middle English and paleography. She has a special interest in chronicles of Britain and their narrative revisions from 1130 to 1600. She is also interested in medieval representations of women and history of the book.


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1990M.A. University of Pennsylvania 1981B.A. summa cum laude University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1975


Walter Cochrane Bronson Fellowship, Department of English at Brown University, for one semester research leave, 1993-94


Modern Language Association
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Feminist Forum
Hagiography Society
International Arthurian Society-North American Branch
International Laȝamon's Brut Society
Early Book Society
New Chaucer Society


Courses from introductory to graduate level on Middle English literatures, including Chaucer, and courses on study of medieval manuscripts, or palaeography and codicology. Recent topics in literature courses have included medieval journey narratives, women and the book in the Middle Ages, the Medieval King Arthur, Brut chronicles before Holinshed.

Funded Research

Faculty Fellowship, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University (spring semester 2009)

Small grants for research travel:

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Grant for Travel to Conferences Overseas; International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Travel to Collections Grant (FE-26794-92); project "Laȝamon's Brut and Monastic Histories: Manuscript Comparisons" at the British Library

Penn-in-London Fellowship for one year's dissertation research in the U.K.

NEH Fellowship, Harvard University Seminar in Old and Middle English Palaeography

Brown University internal grants:
Brown University OVPR Departmental Research Grant, for travel to archives in Hamburg, Brussels, and England in June 2009

Brown University OVPR Departmental Research Grant, for purchasing digital images of medieval manuscripts and (b) travel to archives in England in June - July 2008

Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Grant, Brown University, "Vernacular Text Production in Medieval England and Spain" ($5,670)

Brown University OVPR Departmental Research Grant,travel to archives in Scotland and France

Departmental Research Funds Grant for purchase of slide reproductions, microfilms of manuscripts

Departmental Research Funds Grant for travel to archives in Dublin, Ireland, and London, England, and to conferences in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Reading, England

Departmental Research Funds Grant for travel to archives in Princeton; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville; Chapel Hill

Francis Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning, Faculty Study Group Award for "Perspectives on the Medieval Text Lawman's Brut"

Departmental Research Funds Grant for travel to British Library, London, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford, for archival research, and to the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, England

Salomon Faculty Research Grant for six months travel and medieval manuscript research in England ($10,000)

Walter Cochrane Bronson Fellowship, Brown University Department of English, for one semester research leave

Curriculum Vitae

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