Meg Roland – Bio

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

Introduction to Literature and Writing: Arthurian Literature and Film
Survey of British Literature: Tolkien and His Sources
Medieval Women, Medieval Women Writers
Medieval Literature and Culture: Imagining East
Shakespeare: Passion for Italy
Shakespeare in Performance
History of the Book: From Scroll to E-Book
Maps and Literature
The Digital Humanities
Study Abroad in London and Rome
Senior Thesis


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 a new text, Of Poets and Astronomers: Literature, Maps, and Geography in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. 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.

Select Publications

Malory’s Sandwich: Marginalized Geography and the Global Middle Ages,” in Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance (Brepols, anticipated 2018). Under review.

“Malory and the Wider World,” chapter for The New Companion to Malory (Boydell and Brewer, anticipated 2018). Under review.

After Poyetes and Astronomers: English Geographical Thought and Early English Print,” in Mapping Medieval Geographies.  Ed. Keith Lilley. (Cambridge University Press, January 2014).

The Rudderless Boat: Time and Geography in (Hardyng’s) Chronicle and (Malory’s) Romance,Arthuriana: The Journal of Arthurian Studies 22.4 (Winter 2012).

Review of Malory’s Contemporary Audience: The Social Reading of Romance in Late Medieval England, by Thomas Crofts.  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 17.10 (Fall 2010).

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” in Re-viewing Le Morte Darthur. Eds. Raluca Radulescu and Kevin Whetter (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer Press, 2005). 

Alas! Who may truste thys world?”: A parallel-text edition and the Malory Documents” in The Book Unbound: Editing and Reading Medieval Manuscripts and Texts. Eds. Siân Echard and Stephan 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)


Of Poets and Astronomers: Literature, Maps, and Geography in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. In progress.

Major Web Citations


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)