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Sarah Powrie, STM

Sarah Powrie, STM

B.A., Hons. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Professor

Office: St. Thomas More 446

Teaching & Supervision

Recipient of USSU Teaching Excellence Award, 2010
Courses Taught
English110.6 Literature and Composition
English 112.3 Reading Drama
English 272.3 Literary Uses of Mythology
English 311.3 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
English 312.3 Early Chaucer: Dreams and Romance Tragedy                                                 
English 314.3 Early English Drama  
English 313.3 Middle English Literature
English 393.3 Medieval Devotional Literature
English 402.3/CMRS 401.3 Dante and Aquinas

English 803.3 Medieval Dream Visions


Sarah Powrie's research investigates thresholds of medieval and early modern thought, specifically the revival of medieval metaphysics during the Scientific Revolution. “The Celestial Progress of a Deathless Soul” and “Transposing World Harmony”  each identify medieval sources informing John Donne's metaphysical conceits. “Spenser's Mutabilitie and the Indeterminate Universe” argues that the Mutabilitie Cantos represent Spenser's poetic response to the scientific debates generated by Giordano Bruno and Tycho Brahe. “The Importance of Fourteenth-Century Natural Philosophy for Nicholas of Cusa’s Infinite Universe” claims that Cusa's infinite universe is indebted to fourteenth-century discussions of incommensurability and infinite set theory. She also publishes on Chaucer's dream visions.


"A Moral Garden 'Out of Olde Feldes': Chaucer's De-allegorized Virtue in the Parliament of Fowls,"  Modern Philology, forthcoming (University of Chicago Press)

"Knowing and Willing in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls" Chaucer Review 50.3 (2015) forthcoming (Penn State University Press)

"Nicholas of Cusa's Dialogue with Augustine: The Measure of the Soul's Greatness in De Ludo Globi," Renaissance and Reformation 38.3 (2015) forthcoming (University of Toronto Press)

"Lost and Found in Translation: Updating Chaucer's Status with the Millennial Generation," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (2015): 53-64.

"The Importance of Fourteenth-Century Natural Philosophy for Nicholas of Cusa's Infinite Universe," The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 87.1 (2013): 33-53.

"Spenser's Mutabilitie and the Indeterminate Universe," Studies in English Literature 53.1 (2013): 73-89. (Johns Hopkins University Press)

"Alan of Lille's Anticlaudianus as Intertext in Chaucer's House of Fame," Chaucer Review 44.3 (2010): 246-67. (Penn State University Press)

"Transposing World Harmony: John Donne's Creation Poetics in the Context of a Medieval Tradition," Studies in Philology 107.2 (2010): 212-35. (North Carolina University Press)

"Science in the Middle Ages," "Pierre Duhem," "Anneliese Meier," and "Raymond Klibansky," in A. Classen, ed., Handbook of Medieval Studies (Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 2010).

"The Celestial Progress of a Deathless Soul: John Donne's Second Anniversarie," John Donne Journal 26 (2007) 73-101. (North Carolina State University Press)