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Dr. Shannon Godlove

Dr. Shannon Godlove is an Assistant Professor of English and serves as the English department's specialist in medieval literature and the Coordinator of CSU's Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Medieval Studies from Smith College and a MA and Ph.D in English Literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was the recipient of CSU's Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Godlove first developed a fascination with medieval literature and languages when she discovered a copy of Chaucer's Middle English poem The Canterbury Tales on the shelf in a public library in the seventh grade. Every time she teaches a class, she seeks to encourage in her students the same sense of intellectual excitement she felt in discovering that there is a whole literature, a whole language, and a whole culture from the past out there to be studied, both like and unlike our own. In this way, she hopes to inspire her students to continue valuing, learning, and thinking about language and literature throughout their lives.

Her research focuses on the literature and history of early medieval Britain, and she has published several articles on Old and Middle English poetry, Latin letters written by Anglo-Saxon missionaries, and the Old Norse sagas of the Viking settlers of Iceland. She regularly teaches courses including Medieval Literature in Britain, History of the English Language, Old English, World Literature before 1650, and English Composition, and has taught courses on topics including the poetry of Chaucer, Medieval Women Writers, Tales of King Arthur.

When she's not getting medieval, Dr. Godlove enjoys hanging out in Uptown Columbus, visiting museums, practicing yoga, and watching Scandinavian dramas and British mystery shows on Netflix, but not all at the same time.