Andrea Denny-Brown

Andrea Denny-Brown

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Columbia University

(951) 8 2 7- 7838

 Medieval literature, 12th-15th centuries; fourteenth and fifteenth-century poetry and poetics; Boethius; Chaucer; Lydgate; aesthetics and decorum; gender studies; material culture; medieval clothing, fashion, and consumption; object and thing theory; theories of practice; ornament and theories of visual design.

Professor Denny-Brown studies late medieval European poetry and material culture, specializing in the way poetic motifs curate material practices and cultural notions about materiality. Her first monograph, Fashioning Change: The Trope of Clothing in High- and Late-Medieval England (The Ohio State University Press, 2012), offers a new direction for scholarly conversations about medieval clothing and material culture by reading medieval discussions about fashion and consumer culture through the lens of late antique ontological discourses, especially the work of Boethius. Her current book project, Criminal Ornament: Aesthetic Misbehavior and Poetic Invention in the Fifteenth Century, rethinks critical approaches toward ornamental poetics in late medieval England––particularly the idea of “aureate” verse.  In this book Denny-Brown writes about the impact of and backlash against highly stylized aureate verse in the fifteenth century as well as in the modern era.

In addition to her monographs and articles, Professor Denny-Brown has also co-edited, with Lisa H. Cooper, two books of essays: Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and The Arma Christi in Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture: With an Edition of ‘O Vernicle’ (Ashgate, 2013). She undertakes much of her research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and recently organized a conference there on “The Provocative Fifteenth Century.” (

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Fashion Theory (272: Graduate Seminar in Critical Theory)

Hacking the Medieval Manuscript (151T: Studies in Medieval Literature)

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (128E: Great Authors)

Knighthood and Masculinity (151T: Studies in Medieval Literature)

New Formalism and Fifteenth-Century Poetry (260: Graduate Seminar in Medieval



  • Innovative Use of Information Technology in Teaching, UC-Riverside, 2014-2017
  • Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, Scholar-in-Residence, France, Fall 2014
  • Instructional Innovation Grant, UC-Riverside, 2013-14
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, year-long, Huntington Library, 2012-13
  • Working Group, “(Re)Fashioning the Humanities.” UC Humanities Research Institute, 2012-13
  • Resident Fellow, UC-Riverside Center for Ideas and Society, 2008, 2012
  • UC President’s Fellowship, year-long, 2006-07



  • Criminal Ornament: Aesthetic Misbehavior and Poetic Invention in the Fifteenth Century (in progress)
  • Fashioning Change: The Trope of Clothing in High and Late Medieval England (The Ohio State University Press, 2012).
  • The Arma Christi in Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture: With an Edition of ‘O Vernicle.’ Co-edited with Lisa H. Cooper (Ashgate, 2013).
  • Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century. Co-edited with Lisa H. Cooper (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • (Creative) 5 by Five: Five Poems by Five New York Poets. Co-written with Robert Pestka, Danielle Bizzarro, Jeff Carroll, Sarah Hannah (Trafford Publishing, 2001).

Articles & short pieces:

  • “Cute Torturers.” The Retro-Futurism Of Cuteness. Edited by Jen E. Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao (Punctum, 2016).
  • “Fashion and Belief.” Cultural History of Fashion: Fashion in the Medieval Age. Edited by Sarah-Grace Heller (Berg, 2016).
  • “Old Habits Die Hard: Vestimentary Change in William Durandus’s Rationale divinorum officiorum.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies3 (2009):

546-570. Special issue edited by Margaret F. Rosenthal.

  • “Fashioning Change: Wearing Fortune’s Garments in Medieval England.” Philological Quarterly1-2 (Winter-Spring 2009): 9-32. Special issue edited by Kathy Lavezzo and Susan E. Phillips.
  • “Povre Griselda and the All-Consuming Archewyves.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 28 (2006): 77-115.
  • “Introduction” to Troilus and Criseyde, by Geoffrey Chaucer. Library of Essential Reading Series (Barnes & Noble Books, 2005).


  • Laura F. Hodges, Chaucer and Array: Patterns of Costume and Fabric Rhetoric in the “Canterbury Tales”, “Troilus and Criseyde” and Other Works ( S. Brewer, 2014). Speculum, 2016.
  • Raluca L. Radulescu, Romance and its Contexts in Fifteenth-Century England: Politics, Piety and Penitence (D.S. Brewer, 2013). Arthuriana, 2015.

  • A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages, ed. Noel Harold Kaylor and Philip Edward Phillips (Brill, 2012). Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 2013.

  • Nicole D. Smith, Sartorial Strategies: Outfitting Aristocrats and Fashioning Conduct in Late Medieval Literature (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). Renaissance Quarterly, 2013.