I work on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century literary exchange between Francophone regions of medieval Europe (England, France, Northern Spain, Northern Italy, and what are now modern-day French Switzerland, French Belgium, and the Netherlands). My research engages with transnationalism studies, translation theory, and the history of the material text. I have an A.B. magna cum laude in History and Literature from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Marquette, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval French at Northwestern University.
My first book, Continental England: Form, Translation, and Chaucer in the Hundred Years War (Ohio State UP, 2022), emphasizes England’s Continental presence during the Hundred Years War for new understandings of England’s relationship to late medieval France and Italy. I have also co-edited, with Megan L. Cook, an anthology of medieval poetry about death and dying, entitled John Lydgate's Dance of Death and Related Works (TEAMS, 2019) and am co-editor, with Sarah Baechle and Carissa Harris, of the edited volume Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature (Penn State UP, 2022). My work on medieval lyric, manuscript miscellanies, and Chaucer has appeared in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, New Literary History, Huntington Library Quarterly, and Yearbook of Langland Studies, among others. My new book project concerns the scribal treatment of translation in late medieval manuscripts,
Like my scholarship, my teaching is committed to investigating the multilingualism and regional diversity of the medieval reading public. In this way, I build my students’ sensitivity to the concept of a “national” literary canon. Aided by my material text expertise, I make prominent use, in my teaching, of digitized manuscript archives and digital humanities projects. As I situate the text in its contemporary moment, I also draw it into generative new contexts, such as when I discuss the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 in the context of contemporary political protests or use Game of Thrones to think about the modern racial representation of the Middle Ages.
- HOPR 1955: Honors Core Freshman Seminar – Brave New Worlds
- ENGL 3301: Here Be Monsters
- ENGL 3302: Crossing Over
- ENGL 4303: Studies in the Medieval Literary Imagination – Castles in the Clouds
- ENGL 4311: Themes in Medieval Literature – Make Love Not War
- ENGL 4991: Senior Capstone - The History of the Book
- ENGL 6210: Graduate Seminar - British Literature before 1500
- Medieval Literature (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch)
- History of the Book and Material Text
- Translation Studies
- Nationalism and Transnationalism Studies
- Continental England: Form, Translation and Chaucer in the Hundred Years’ War (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2022)
- Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature, ed. Sarah Baechle, Carissa Harris, and Elizaveta Strakhov (Penn State University Press, 2022)
- Strakhov, Elizaveta. “Charles d’Orléans’ Cross-Channel Poetics: The Choice of Ballade Form in Fortunes Stabilnes” in Charles d’Orléans’s English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of Fortunes Stabilnes, ed. R.D. Perry and Mary-Jo Arn, 34-81 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2020)
- John Lydgate’s” Dance of Death” and Related Works, ed. Megan L. Cook and Elizaveta Strakhov (Western Michigan University Press, 2019)
- Strakhov, Elizaveta. “Rondeau.” New Literary History 50.3 (2019): 469-73.
- “Political Animals: Form and the Animal Fable in Langland’s Rodent Parliament and Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018), 287-311.
- “‘Counterfeit’ Imitatio: Understanding the Poet-Patron Relationship in Guillaume de Machaut’s Fonteinne amoureuse and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess” in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: New Interpretations, ed. Jamie Fumo, 157-75 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2018).
- Strakhov, Elizaveta. “True Colors: The Significance of Machaut’s and Chaucer’s Use of Blue to Represent Fidelity” in Machaut’s Legacy: The Judgment Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature, ed. Burt Kimmelman and R. Barton Palmer, 139-64 (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2017)
- “‘But Who Will Bell the Cat?’: Deschamps, Brinton, Langland, and the Hundred Years War.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 253-76
- “Tending to One’s Garden: Deschamps’ ‘Ballade to Chaucer’ Reconsidered,” Medium Aevum 85.2 (2016): 236-58
- “‘And kis the steppes where as thow seest pace’: Reconstructing the Spectral Canon in Statius and Chaucer” in Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception, ed. Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall, 57-74 (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015).
Honors and Awards
- American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant (declined)
- Bibliographic Society of America Short-Term Fellowship
- Huntington Library Short-Term Fellowship
- Rare Book School Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography
- American Association of University Women Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- University of Pennsylvania Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- University of Pennsylvania Dean’s Scholar
- TuTh 11:00-12:30 (in person or virtual)
- 1955H/905 TuTh 9:30-10:45 David Straz 356
- Core Honors First-Year Seminar
- 1955H/906 TuTh 12:30-1:45 David Straz 356
- Core Honors First-Year Seminar
- 4303/101 TuTh 2:00-3:15 David Straz 465
- Studies in the Medieval Imagination: Castles in the Clouds: Studies in the Medieval Imagination