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Timothy Arner

Associate Professor


Tim Arner specializes in medieval literature. His research and teaching interests include the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, the influence of classical texts on Middle English poetry, and the intersections between fourteenth- and fifteenth-century literature and politics. He has published articles on Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" and Troilus and Criseyde, and he has presented papers on Lucan, Chaucer, Lydgate, Spenser, and Shakespeare. Recently, Tim collaborated with a group of students to produce The Grinnell Beowulf, a translation and critical edition of the Old English poem. Tim is currently working on his first book project, Trojan Wars: Genre and the Politics of Authorship in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, which examines the rewriting of the Troy legend in England from Chaucer to Shakespeare. He received his B.A. from The American University (2000) and his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University (2006). 

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4529


Allentown, PA

High School: 

Emmaus High School, Pennsylvania


American University

College Graduation Year: 


Off-Campus Study: 

Prague, CZ




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On-Campus Address: 

Mears Cottage 311
1213 Sixth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

M.A., 2002, Ph.D., 2007, Pennsylvania State University
B.A., American University, 2000

Primary Academic Interest: 

Medieval Literature

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