Jonathan Brent

PhD Student

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

History-Writing; Anglo-Norman, Middle English, and Latin Literature

Major and Minor Fields

Major

  • French and English Literature

Minor 1

Latin

Working Dissertation

Title

World History in the Tumultuous 1330s: Nicholas Trevet’s Cronicles

Supervisors

Suzanne Akbari

Description

Critics have long read Nicholas Trevet’s Anglo-Norman universal history, Les Cronicles, in a highly excerpted way as the source for Geoffrey Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. This dissertation constitutes a sustained reading of the text in its entirety as a work with its own contexts, formal strategies, and meaning.

Education

MA, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
MA, The Divinity School, University of Chicago
BA, English Literature, Maryville College (Tenn.)

Presentations

2020, “Memory, Violence, and Medieval History in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Buried Giant,” Virtual International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK
2020, “Nicholas Trevet’s Cronicles: The Brut, the Bible, and English Universal History,” Brut in New Troy 2020, London, UK (postponed due to COVID-19)
2019, “Hagiography and Universal History in Nicholas Trevet’s Cronicles,” International Conference on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI
2019, “Stories of the Maccabees in Nicholas Trevet’s Cronicles,” Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Administrative Service

Since 2019, Latin Committee External Exam Reviewer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
2018, Committee for the Appointment of the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto
2017-2018, Chair, Student Executive Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
2016-2017, Secretary, Student Executive Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
2016-2017, Latin Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
2015-2016, Sources and Resources Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
2015-2016, Publications Committee, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto