Carol F. Heffernan

Carol F. Heffernan


cfheff [at]



Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 524
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Office Hours

Thursday 4:00-5:15 pm and by Appointment

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:  Medieval and Renaissance Romance Literature, Chaucer, Medieval English Literature aside from Chaucer, Shakespeare, Survey of English Literature

Graduate:  Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; Chaucer, Dream Visions; Medieval English Literature, Women in Medieval Literature

Research Initiatives

Female Mystics of the High Middle Ages in England

Dandelion Salad in Brooklyn (creative non-fiction)


A.B. Barnard College, Columbia University

M.A.  University of Wisconsin (Madison) 

Ph.D.  New York University


Comedy in Chaucer and Boccaccio (Cambridge, England:  D. S. Brewer, 2009)

The Orient in Chaucer and Medieval Romance (Cambridge, England:  D. S. Brewer, 2003)

The Melancholy Muse:  Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Early Medicine(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  Duquesne University Press, 1995)
The Phoenix at the Fountain: Images of Women and Eternity in Lactantius’s “Carmen de Ave Phoenice” and the Old English “Phoenix”(Newark, Delaware:  University of Delaware Press, 1988)

Le Bone Florence of Rome, editor, Old and Middle English Text Series (Manchester, England:  Manchester University Press, 1976)

Selected Chapters in Books:
“Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and the Fabliau," in The Legacy of Courtly Literature: From Medieval to Contemporary Culture, eds. Deborah Nelson-Campbell and Rouben Cholakian (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017), pp. 39-51.

"Retelling a Story: Chaucer's Shipman's Tale and Boccaccio's Decameron VIII, 1" in Courtly Literature: Culture and Context, eds. Keith Busby and Erik Kooper. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co., 1990. Pp. 261-70. [Cited in The Canterbury Tales: Complete, ed. Larry Benson (Houghton-Mifflin, 2003).]

 "The Taming of the Shrew: The Bourgeosie in Love" in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 1988). Reprinted from Essays in Literature 12 (1985), 3-14.

 "The Two Gardens of Chaucer's Franklin's Tale" in Court and Poet, ed. Glyn Burgess. Liverpool, England: Francis Cairns, 1981. Pp. 177-88. [Cited on p. 1001 of John Fisher's The Complete Poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, 2nd ed.]

 "Raptus: A Note on Crime and Punishment in Le Bone Florence of Rome" in Medieval Studies in Honor of Lillian Herlands Hornstein, ed. Robert Raymo and Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. New York: New York University Press, 1976. Pp. 173-79.

Recent Articles:

"The Vita of Marie d'Oignies and Late Medieval England," Neophilologus, 105.1 (2021), 137-45, DOI 10.1007/s 11061-020-09657-3.

"The Life of Christina of Markyate and Le Bone Florence of Rome:  Hagiography and Romance," ANQ:  A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, DOI. 10.1080/0895769X.2019.1696173.  Forthcoming in the second 2021 print issue.

"Angela of Foligno: Her Mystical Experience and Her Influence", Magistra 25.1 (2019), 49-61.

"Marguerite Porete's Mirrour of Simple Soules in Late Medieval England," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History, 23.2 (Winter, 2017), 59-76.

“The Move,” Voices in Italian Americana 28, no.2 (2017), 69-81.

"The Revelations of St Bridget of Sweden in Fifteenth-Century England," Neophilologus 101 (2017), 337-49

"The Middle English 'Orcherd of Syon' in Late Medieval England: A Reconsideration,” Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 22 (2016), 3-24.

"Margery Kempe: Female Piety in the Late Middle Ages and the English Mystical Tradition," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 20 (2014), 3-20.

"Starting Out from Bedford-Stuyvesant," Voices in Italian Americana: A Literary and Cultural Review 25 (2014), 58-70.

"Intimate with God: Julian of Norwich," Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History 19 (2013), 40-57

"Laughter in Horace's Ode I. 9 and Chaucer's Miller's Tale," Neophilologus 97 (2013), 191-97.

"The Nun's Priest's Identity and the Purpose of his Tale," Leeds Studies in English 42 (2011), 43-52.  

"Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' V. 1821 and Dante's 'Paradiso' XXII. 135: Laughter and Smiles," Notes and Queries 256 (of the continuous series)September, 2011, 358-360.

“Two ‘English Fabliaux’:  Chaucer’s ‘Merchant’s Tale’ and ‘Shipman’s Tale’ and Italian Novelle,” Neophilologus 90 (2006), 333-49;  “Chaucer’s ‘Miller’s Tale’ and ‘Reeve’s Tale,’ Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the French Fabliaux,” Italica 81, no. 3 (2004), 311-24;  “Praying before the Image of Mary:  Chaucer’s ‘Prioress’s Tale,’ VII 502-12,”  The Chaucer Review 39, no. 1 (2004), 103-16; “Heliodorus’s ‘AEthiopica’ and Sidney’s ‘Arcadia’:  A Reconsideration,” English Language Notes, No. 1 (Sept., 2004), 12-20; “Three Unnoticed Links Between Matthew of Vendome’s ‘Comedia Lidie’ and Chaucer’s ‘Merchant’s Tale,’ Notes and Queries 248 (of the continuous series) June, 2003, 158-62.

Recent Reviews
Todd H.J. Pettigrew. Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic: Medical Narratives on the Early Modern English Stage. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007. In Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 18.4 (2019), 161-63.

Jonathan Stavsky, ed. and trans., Le Bone Florence of Rome: A Critical Edition and Facing Translation of a Middle English Romance Analogous to Chaucer’s “Man of Law’s Tale.” (New Century Chaucer.) Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2017. In Speculum 93/3 (July 2018). 914 15.