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Elizabeth Dobbs regularly taught courses on rhetoric and historical linguistics, and seminars on Chaucer and other English and European medieval writers. She co-taught a MAP Seminar, “Conceptions of Space and Place in Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-1650,” and has directed MAPs for the Linguistics Concentration, most recently, “From Wulfila to Theodoric the Great: Translation and Revisions of the Codex Argenteus” (Spring 2010, Nelson Goering, ‘10). She directed numerous independent projects, taught a plus-2 in Old English every other year, and offered the option of reading in Latin, French, and Italian in her advanced courses. In connection with her courses, she developed two websites, Dr. Syntax and JGrimm. She has taught several courses at the Newton Correctional Facility as part of the Grinnell College Prison Program.
Professor Dobbs co-edited a translation and commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics, co-edited a monograph on Aristotle’s theory of mathematics, and has published scholarly articles in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, The Chaucer Review, and Christianity and Literature. She is currently working with Chaucer's Knight’s Tale and Boccaccio’s Teseida.