Jessica Rosenfeld

Jessica Rosenfeld

Associate Professor of English
Associate Chair, Department of English
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • Medieval Literature
  • Ethics
  • History of Emotions
  • Medieval Women's Writing
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Gender and sexuality studies

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1122
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Professor Rosenfeld’s teaching and research interests traverse English and continental medieval literature as well as medieval and modern moral philosophy and literary theory.

Rosenfeld's first book, Ethics and Enjoyment in Late Medieval PoetryLove after Aristotle (Cambridge University Press, 2011) explores the influence of the belated reception of Aristotelian ethics on the way medieval philosophers and poets wrote about love, pleasure, labor, and human happiness.  The book also examines the legacy of “courtly love” in the psychoanalytic ethics of Jacques Lacan. Her current work turns to the history of emotions—love and envy in particular—to consider questions of ethics, politics, and gendered identity.  In 2012, she was awarded a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship by the ACLS. She has recently published essays on John Gower’s Confessio Amantis (JMEMS, 2012), Chaucer’s “Parson’s Tale” (in Middle English Literature: Criticism and Debate, Routledge, 2014), and The Book of Margery Kempe (Exemplaria, 2014), and has essays forthcoming on The Romance of the Rose and an early fourteenth-century French adaptation of Aristotle’s Ethics. She co-edited a collection of essays, Chaucer and the Subversion of Form, published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.


  • L14 158: Literature Seminar for Freshmen: Literature and the Art of Love
  • L14 491: Chaucer
  • L14 2151: Literature in English: Early Texts and Contexts
  • L14 3121: The Medieval Romance and Arthurian Legend
  • L14 410:: Medieval English Literature: Medieval Dream Visions
  • L93: 201C: Classical to Renaissance Literature: Text and Tradition
  • L14 369: Reading Sex in Premodern England
  • L14 4101: Medieval Women's Writing