Meg Roland, Ph.D.

ELW-meg-roland-1Associate Professor
Chair, Literature & Art

503.636.8141, ext. 7056

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Ph.D. in English and Textual Studies, University of Washington
MA in English, Portland State University
BA in English, Portland State University, Magna Cum Laude
BS in Economics, State University of New York, Magna Cum Laude

Classes Taught

Integrated Learning: Freshman Seminar
Introduction to Literature and Writing: Arthurian Literature and Film
Survey of British Literature: Tolkien and His Sources
Advanced Research and Writing
Medieval Literature and Gender: Medieval Women Writers
Medieval Literature and Culture: Imagining East
Introduction to Shakespeare
Shakespeare in Performance
Senior Thesis
Literature, Writing Culture and Hypertext


Meg Roland’s areas of expertise are Arthurian literature, manuscripts and early print culture, early modern maps, material written culture and textual theory. She is working on two texts, Material Malory: Text and Culture (under consideration by Boydell and Brewer) and Mirrour of the World: Maps and Literature in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Her professional associations include the Society for Textual Scholarship, where she has served as executive board member and secretary since 2006, and Portland Late Antiquity – Medieval and Renaissance Society, Modern Language Association, Medieval Academy of America, International Arthurian Society, and Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

Selected Publications

Arthur and the Turks. Arthuriana: The Journal of Arthurian Studies, 16.4 (Winter 2006): 29-42. Awarded the James Randall Leader Prize for best essay in the journal Arthuriana for 2006.

More Odd Texts: A Theory of Parallel Texts. TEXT 17 (December 2005)

From Saracens to Infydeles: The Recontextualization of the East in Caxton’s Edition of Le Morte Darthur. Eds. Raluca Radulescu and Kevin Grimm. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer Press (2005)

“Alas! Who may truste thys world?”: A parallel-text edition and the Malory Documents. The Book Unbound: Editing and Reading Medieval Manuscripts and Texts. Eds. Siân Echard and Stephen Partridge. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2004)

Malory’s Roman War Episode: An Argument for a Parallel Text. Arthurian Studies 47. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer Press (2000)

Selected Presentations

Romance, Chronicle, and Cartography: Early Modern Cartographic Consciousness and the Narrative Geography of Malory and Froissart. International Arthurian Congress, Rennes, France (July 2008)

Problems in Editing Malory’s Le Morte Darthur. Panelist. International Arthurian Congress, Rennes, France (July 2008)

Cartographic Caxton: Caxton and the Transmission of Geographic Knowledge in Late Medieval England. Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2007)

Myrrour of the World: Caxton, Literary Culture and Maps. Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2006)

Arthur and the Turks. International Arthurian Society, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands (July 2005)

Flattening the Globe: The Behaim Globe and Theories of Facsimiles. Society for Textual Scholarship, New York (March 2005)

Map and Text, Narrative and Image: The Recontextualization of Mandeville’s Travels on the Behaim Globe. Medieval Academy of America, Seattle, WA (April 2004)

“Allas that ever love was synne:” Reading Gender in Medieval Romance. Panel Coordinator/Responder. Lewis and Clark Gender Symposium, Portland, OR (March 2003)

More Odd Texts: A Theory of Contemporary Parallel-Text Editions. Society for Textual Scholarship, New York (March 2003)

Mapping the Roman War: Geopolitics of the East in the Winchester Manuscript and Caxton Print. International Medieval Congress, University of Wales, Bangor (July 2002)

Malory and a Theory of Parallel Texts. Society for Textual Scholarship, New York (April 2001)

Hermeneutics of Alterity and the Malory Texts. Modern Language Association Conference, Washington, D.C., (December 2000)

Malory’s Roman War: An Argument for a Parallel Text. Medieval Conference, University of British Columbia (September 1999)

Multimodality: A Visual/Textual Reading of the Ellesmere “Wife of Bath.” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium, University of Washington (April 1999)


Huntington Library Fellowship: Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Fellow
(spring 2008)
NEH Summer Seminar on the Early Printed Book, Antwerp and Oxford (summer 2007)
James Randall Leader Prize for Outstanding Essay, Arthuriana (2006)
Travel Award, Society for Renaissance Studies (2002)
Barbara Himmelman Fellowship, University of Washington
(spring 2000)
Fellow, Walter Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington (1998-1999)
Oregon Laurels Scholarship, Portland State University (1992-1996)