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 monograph Mobility and Identity in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales combines the theoretical and historical methods of literary analysis with the interpretive tools of cultural geography and ecocriticism to argue that movement is the medium through which identity is performed in The Canterbury Tales. This unique interdisciplinary approach shows how physical and ideological mobilities shape and are shaped by geographical, ecological, sociopolitical, and gendered identities. As human and more-than-human bodies cross borders and dissolve boundaries, they contribute to a fluid, permeable, and hybrid world that challenges traditional perceptions of boundedness, security, and fixity. By examining this kinesis alongside contexts including medieval bridge building, economics, and biology, this book reveals a rich exchange between word and world. In the end, The Canterbury Tales emerges as an amalgam of lived experience and the poetic imagination that both chronicles and constructs a world in the process of becoming.
EducationPh.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
Mobility and Identity in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2020.
"Building Bridges to Canterbury." The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits. Ed. James Smith. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2018. 93-114.
"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).