PhD, Stanford University
BA, University of Chicago
Professor Walling studies medieval English literature and culture, and teaches a variety of courses on the literature of the Middle Ages, women’s writing, folklore and legends, and the history of the English language. Her research is primarily focused on 14th and 15th century English poetry, but she is also interested in medieval religion, politics, and drama, the Renaissance, the history of rhetoric, and responses to medieval literature in later centuries. She is currently completing a book on flattery as a cultural influence in late medieval England, examining how concerns about flattery in political and spiritual life defined the work of medieval poets such as Chaucer, Langland, and Lydgate. She has published her work in Chaucer Review and The Yearbook of Langland Studies, and has recently presented conference papers on religious poetry, Arthurian romance, and medieval literary forgery.