Nicholas Ealy

Professor of English and Modern Languages; Director, French Minor

English and Modern Languages

College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.4735 A 212-G

PhD Emory University

MA Florida State University

BA Stetson University

Nicholas Ealy (PhD in Comparative Literature) specializes in the medieval literature and culture of France and Spain. He is the director of both the French Program and the Humanities Center at the university and teaches First-Year Seminars as well as courses on European and American literature, Literature and Psychology, Greek Mythology, and Mediterranean Studies. His research focuses primarily on the literature of erotic and spiritual love from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, with secondary interests in psychoanalytic studies and film studies.

His book, ‘Narcissism and Selfhood in French Medieval Literature: Wounds of Desire,’ with Palgrave Macmillan’s New Middle Ages Series (2019), explores the ways in which Ovid’s myth of Narcissus influences French medieval authors, such as Alain de Lille, René d’Anjou, Chrétien de Troyes, and Guillaume de Machaut, while engaging in discourses of mourning, melancholy, trauma, and testimony.  In addition, he has peer-reviewed publications on François Ozon’s film ‘Under the Sand,’ Fernando de Rojas’s ‘Celestina,’ Michel Tournier’s ‘The Ogre,’ Juan Ruiz’s ‘The Book of Good Love,’ and René d’Anjou’s ‘Book of the Love-Smitten Heart.’

Currently, he has two book projects: a monograph on narcissism in medieval and early-modern Spanish literature and a co-edited volume (with Kate McGrath, CCSU and Alexandra Onuf, UHa) on war, memory and trauma in medieval and early-modern society. In addition, he co-edits with Aimee Pozorski (CCSU) the “Reading Trauma and Memory” book series for Lexington Press. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation.

Sole-Authored Book:

Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature: Wounds of Desire. Palgrave (The New Middle Ages), 2019.

Sole-Authored Articles and Book Chapters:

“‘Tu es déjà rentré?’: Trauma, Narcissism and Melancholy in François Ozon’s Sous le sable (2000)” in Studies in French Cinema 17.3 (2017): 217-235.

“Born under the Sign of Venus: The ‘Woman-Who-Never-Was’ and the Libro de buen amor” in Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Literary Texts, ed. Jennifer Brown and Marla Segol (London: Palgrave Macmillan/New Middle Ages Series, 2013): 90-120.

“The Poet at the Mirror: René d’Anjou and Authorial Doubling in the Livre du Coeur d’Amour épris” in Fifteenth-Century Studies 37, ed. Barbara Gusick and Matthew Heintzelman (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012): 17-46.

“From Blood-on-Snow to Boys-on-Sand: Perceval’s Mirror in Michel Tournier’s The Ogre” in Studies in the Novel 44.1 (Spring 2012): 62-79.

“Calisto’s Narcissistic Visions: A Reexamination of Melibea’s ‘Ojos Verdes’ in Celestina” in eHumanista: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies 21 (2012): 390-409.