Sarah Powrie, STM
B.A., Hons. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Queens), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Office: St. Thomas More 446
Teaching & Supervision
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 50.3-4 (2015): 368-92. (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 38.2 (2015): 5-25. (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)