Sarah Wright

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

631A College Hall
Phone: 412.396.1278


Ph.D., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
B.A., Honors English and Japanese Studies, University of Connecticut, 2005

Sarah Breckenridge Wright specializes in medieval literature and culture, with a focus on Chaucer, movement and networks, geography and landscape studies, and memory and the imagination. Her secondary interests include history/structure of the English language, sustainability, and speculative fiction.

She has published articles on imaginary castles, ever-full cows, and medieval gravesites. Her current book project, entitled "Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Motion: Human Mobility and the Liquid Landscape," argues that the Canterbury Tales signals a new national project: the reformulation of English identity according to mobile categories. She investigates the strategies and techniques of representing mobility in the Canterbury Tales, focusing on a series of moments in which the portrayal of movement does poetic, social, and ecological work. She demonstrates that in the frame narrative and tales alike, mobility and its manifestation in real and imagined landscapes shapes both the pilgrimage of the Tales, and the pilgrims' experience of place, politics, and the divine.


"Mapping Identity in the South English Legendary." Re-thinking the South English Legendaries. Eds. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and Heather Blurton. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2011. 329-46.

"Cognitive Discoveries and Constructed Mindscapes: Reading the Grail Castle as a Mnemonic Device." Modern Language Review 106.4 (2011), 1034-53.

Choe, J., Dong, E., Wright, S.B., & Chick, G. "Turner's Communitas and non-Buddhists who visit Buddhist Temples." Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal 61.3 (2013).

"The Soil's Holy Bodies: The Art of Chorography in William of Malmesbury's Gesta Pontificum Anglorum." Studies in Philology 111.4 (2014).