R. Allen Shoaf

Professor Emeritus

R. Allen Shoaf (BA, Wake Forest, 1970; BA Hon., East Anglia, 1972; MA Cornell, 1975; PhD Cornell, 1977) was the second English Alumni Professor (1990–1993). He co-founded and edited Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies between 1987 and 2008 and currently is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Chaucer Review and Advances in Literary Study.

Professor Shoaf is the author or editor of 13 books and 90 papers and reviews; he has delivered 75 public addresses (seven plenary) during his career; he has evaluated manuscripts for publication 61 times; and he has served as extramural referee in 60 Tenure and Promotion cases in the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland. He regularly publishes on Dante, Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, Thomas Usk, Shakespeare, Milton, and literary theory. His most recent scholarly book publication is Lucretius and Shakespeare on the Nature of Things (2014). His most recent article publication is “‘A pregnant argument’: Dante’s Comedy, Chaucer’s Troilus, Henryson’s Testament,” in Fleshly Things and Spiritual Matters: Studies on the Medieval Body in Honour of Margaret Bridges (ed. Nicole Nyffenegger and Katrin Rupp, 2011).

He has received two teaching awards in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1992, 1998), and, in 1992, he won university-wide “Teacher of the Year” honors. In 1996, he was selected Outstanding Teacher in the Region by SAADE (South Atlantic Association of Departments of English). He has won Teaching Incentive Program Awards (two, 1994 and 1998) and has twice competed successfully in the Salary Pay Plan (Post-tenure Review) for Professors (1996 and 2009) at UF.

In December 1998, Professor Shoaf won his second Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Humanities (he held his first in 1983). In November and December 1999, he taught by invitation a special four-week seminar on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde in the University of Berne (Switzerland). In 2004, he served as External Member of the Appointments Committee for the Chair in Medieval English Literature in the University of Geneva, Switzerland; in 2009 he served in the same capacity for the University of Bern in Switzerland. He spent fall term 2005 on a sabbatical. In May 2010, he was honored with two sessions at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, in recognition of his service to the profession as Editor of Exemplaria.

In 2012 he published his second volume of poetry, Erotic Reckonings, and in 2013, his third, Pied-Piper Philology: Love Words. His first volume, Simple Rules, was reissued in a revised edition in 2007. He has also published recent poems in Poetry South and Valley Voices.


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