Dr. Alan Ambrisco

Dr. Alan Ambrisco

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: English
Office: Olin 347
Phone: 330-972-5645
Email: ambrisc@uakron.edu
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Alan Ambrisco teaches English Literature 1, Chaucer, and courses in medieval English literature and culture. His research interests include Chaucer and medieval romance. He has published in The Chaucer Review, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, and The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and he is currently working with medieval crusade literature.


  • Honorable Mention, New Words 2008 Poetry Contest (entry entitled “Jim Morrison’s Cub Scout Uniform”)
  • 2nd Place Winner, New Words 2005 Poetry Contest (entry entitled “Nebraska Sky”)
  • 2nd Place Winner, University of Akron Women’s History Month Poetry Contest (2005)
  • Recipient, 2003 Chairs’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, Professional and Community Service.  The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Akron.
  • Nominee, 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Akron Alumni Association.
  • Recipient, Summer 2004 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, The University ofAkron.  Project entitled “The Limits of Crusade Rhetoric in the Siege of Melayne.”
  • Recipient, Summer 2002 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, The University ofAkron.  Project entitled “Poetry, Politics, and the English Language in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale.”
  • Recipient, Summer 2000 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, The University ofAkron.  Project entitled “Pagan Cannibalism, the Eucharist, and the Question of Religious Tolerance in Mandeville’s Travels.” 


Publications in Refereed Journals 

  • “ ‘The Coin of Our Realm’: Blood and Images in Dracula 2000” (with Lance Svehla).  Journal of Dracula Studies 8 (2006): 20-29.
  • “’It lyth nat in my tongue’”: Occupatio and Otherness in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale.” The Chaucer Review 38.3 (2004): 205-228. 
  • “Teaching the Squire’s Tale as an Exercise in Literary History.”  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 10.1 (2003): 5-18. 
  • “Cannibalism and Cultural Encounters in Richard Coeur De Lion.” The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 29.3 (1999): 499-528. 
  • “Succession and Sovereignty in Lydgate’s Prologue to The Troy Book,” with Paul Strohm.  The Chaucer Review 30 (1995): 40-57. 

Creative Writing

  • “Floodgates I,” “Floodgates II,” and “Greyhound Terminal, Indianapolis.”  The Red Rock Review  21 (2007): 37-39. 
  • “First House.” Whiskey Island Magazine 52 (2007): 61.
  • “Signs” and “Snapshot.” Heartlands 4 (2006): 23.
  • “The Beaten Road.” Plainsongs 27.1 (2006): 29. 
  • “The Elusive Ball.”  Elysian Fields Quarterly 21 (2004): 96. 
  • “Teaching Beowulf: A Poem of Lament.”  Ohio Teachers Write 8 (2003): 58-59
  •  ---.  Reprinted in Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 44.1 (2004): 41.


Ph.D., Indiana University


Graduate Courses

Anglo Saxon, Chaucer, Chaucer’s Courtly Poems, Medieval Romance, Middle English Literature, Women in the Middle Ages, Modern Irish Drama

Undergraduate Courses

Anglo Saxon, Chaucer, Classic and Contemporary Literature, English Composition I, English Composition II, English Literature I, Fiction Appreciation, Re-writing the Middle Ages, Middle English Literature, Critical Reading and Writing, Modern Irish Drama, World Literatures, Senior Seminar