Dr. Joanna Luft

Department Head

B.A., M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier University), Ph.D. (McMaster)


CHN Rm 2102
519 253 3000 ext. 2289

Teaching/Research Areas: 

  • medieval English mystical writing
  • medieval romance and allegory
  • intertextuality and poetics


Joanna Luft works on medieval English mystical literature, allegory, and romance. She is currently writing on Julian of Norwich’s A Revelation of Love, exploring how its message of love is conveyed through literary form and imagery. She will continue this study on William Langland’s Piers Plowman. Her previous work on The Romance of the Rose and on Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here is also about how textual form conveys meaning. Her recent articles consider intertextual relationships between medieval and twentieth-century works, and she has written on Fitzgerald, Chaucer, Alice Munro, and the Gawain-poet.

Repetition, Resemblance, and Indeterminacy: Similarities Between the Rosebud, Fair Welcome, and the Narrator-Lover in The Romance of the Rose. Romanic Review. 101.3 (forthcoming)

Boxed In: Alice Munro’s “Wenlock Edge” and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Studies in Canadian Literature. 35.1 (2010): 103-26.

The Name Daisy: The Great Gatsby and Chaucer’s The Legend of Good Women. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review. 8 (2010): 79-91. (with Thomas Dilworth)

Reader Awareness: Form and Ambiguity in James Joyce’s ‘Eveline.’” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 35.2 (2009): 48-51.

Roberts’s “To John Donne” and Donne’s “Elegy 19.” The Explicator. 68.2 (2010): 144-47.