Kara Gaston

Associate Professor



Department of English

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

medieval English and Italian literature, reception of the classics, medieval astronomy


My research interests include late medieval English and Italian literature, Chaucer, reception of the classics, form and formalisms, vernacular translation, gloss and commentary, and medieval astronomy. My first book, Reading Chaucer in Time: Literary Formation in Classical Antiquity, England, and Italy (Oxford UP 2020), aims to reassess the relation between the diachronic formation of Chaucer’s works and the outcome of this process in literary form. My current research focuses on literature and astronomy, including the textbooks of Sacrobosco and Al-Farghani and the poetry of Aratus, Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Dante, and Chaucer. It explores what it means to think about the cosmos in literary terms and vice versa.


PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania
MPhil, Cambridge, Medieval and Renaissance Literature
AB, Princeton, English