Penn Arts & Sciences Logo

Sarah Wilma Watson

Curriculum Vitae
2018 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): David Wallace
"Women, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England"

Sarah Watson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a dissertation on the reception of Christine de Pizan, a Parisian poet, in late medieval England, focusing in particular on seven female readers of Christine's works.


BA in English and History, University of Rochester (2010), summa cum laude

MA in Medieval Studies, Fordham Univeristy (2012)

Teaching and Research Interests:

Medieval English literature and culture, medieval and early modern women writers and readers, Chaucer, medieval drama and its modern revival, gender and sexuality studies, women's history, French literature in late medieval England, Anglo-French cultural and literary exchange.


"Grace holds the 'cliket' to the heavenly 'wiket': Piers Plowman, the Roman de la Rose, and the Poetics of Penetration," The Yearbook of Langland Studies, Vol. 30 (2016), Forthcoming.

"Chaste Reading: Diana, Mary, and Christine de Pizan," Actes du IXe Colloque Christine de Pizan in Le Moyen Français (2016), Forthcoming.



Courses Taught

fall 2018

ENGL 103.601 Chick Literature  

fall 2017

ENGL 020.301 Literature Before 1660  
ENGL 021.601 The Middle Ages and the Movies canceled  

summer 2017

ENGL 103.900 Chick Lit  

spring 2016

spring 2014

ENGL 101.404 Jane Austen and Adaption