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Contact Information

Name: Kim Zarins

Title: Associate Professor of English

Mailing Address: Dept of English, 6000 J street

Courses That I Teach


  • Medieval Literature
  • Children's and YA Literature
  • British Literature
  • Poetry

English 40A: Early British Literature

English 116B: Children's Literary Classics                                           

English 130Y: Writing for Kids and Teens                      

English 140B: Medieval Literature                                   

English 145A: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales                      

English 190J: Tolkien's Lord of the Rings                        

English 198T: Norse Mythology from Odin to Gandalf



Sometimes We Tell the Truth (New York: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2016). Paperback 2017.

A contemporary retelling of The Canterbury Tales with modern American teenagers on a road trip.



“Retelling Chaucer's Canterbury Taleswith Modern American Teenagers,”in Medievalists Writing

Fiction about the Middle Ages: Perspectives from Authors and Scholars, ed. Debra Best and

Trish Ward, Palgrave Macmillan, projected 2019. (Invited submission, chapter due August



“Intersex and the Pardoner’s Body,” Accessus: A Journal of Premodern Literature and New Media.

Vol. 4, Issue 1, Article 2. January 6, 2018. http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol4/iss1/2/


“The Body and its Politics in the Pardoner’s Tale,” The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury

Tales, edited by Brantley Bryant, October 2017: https://opencanterburytales.dsl.lsu.edu/pardt1/


“Gower and rhetoric,” in The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower, edited by R. F. Yeager,

Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, and Brian Gastle, (NY: Routledge, 2017, 37-55). Invited contributor.


“Violence Without Warning: Sympathetic Villains and John Gower’s Crafting of Ovidian Narrative,”

 in JohnGower: Others and the Self, edited by Russell A. Peck and R.F. Yeager (Suffolk, UK:

 S. Brewer, 2017, 141-155).


“Rich Words: Gower’s Rime Richein Dramatic Action,”inJohn Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language,

Translation, and Tradition, edited by Elisabeth Dutton with John Hines and R. F. Yeager (London: Boydell & Brewer, 2010, 239-253).


“Caliban’s God: The Medieval and Renaissance Man in the Moon” in Medieval

Shakespeare in Performance, edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009, 245-62).


“From Head to Foot: Syllabic Play and Metamorphosis in Book I of Gower's Vox Clamantis,” in On

John Gower: Essays at the Millennium, edited by R. F. Yeager (Kalamazoo,

MI: Medieval Institute Press, 2008, 144-160).


“‘And the golden halls were dumb’: Norse Fatalism and Mourning in Matthew Arnold's Balder

Dead” in Beyond Arthurian Romances and Gothic Thrillers: The Reach of Victorian Medievalism, edited by Lorretta Holloway and Jennifer Palmgren (New York: Palgrave, 2005, 73-94).

Research Projects/Interests

Current interests include:

Teaching Chaucer in the high school classroom

Synergies (and frictions) between creative and academic writing