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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.


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

Tales, edited by Brantley Bryant, October 2017:


“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