Alison Gulley


ENG 4820/21: Medieval Literature
ENG 4825/26: The Age of Chaucer
ENG 4660: History of the English Language
ENG 3000: Approaches to Literary Studies
ENG 2010: British Literature I (for majors)
ENG 2050: Studies in British Literature (general education)

Office Hours:

TR 10-11; 12:30-1:55


  • B.A. University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. and Ph.D University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Before joining the ASU English Department in 2008, Dr. Gulley taught at Lees-McRae College and Randolph-Macon College. Her primary research focus has been the hagiographical writings of the Old English abbot and church reformer Ælfric of Eynsham, and her book, The Displacement of the Body in Ælfric’s Lives of the Virgin Martyrs, compares his Old English hagiographical writings to their 3rd- and 4th-century Latin sources. Her current work involves the apocalyptic context of Ælfric’s Lives of the Virgin Spouses. Dr. Gulley is also in the process of editing a collection of essays on ethical approaches to teaching medieval rape narratives.

Selected Publications:


The Displacement of the Body in Ælfric’s Lives of the Virgin Martyrs. Ashgate Press, 2014. (2014 winner of the Southeastern Medieval Association's Best First Book Award)


“`What We Need is a Hero’: Beowulf in a Post-9/11 World.” The Journal of Popular Culture. 47 (2014): 797-813.

“‘We Wol Sleen this False Traytor Deeth’: The Search for Immortality in Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale and J.K. Rowling’s The Deathly Hallows.” Studies in Medievalism 23 (2014): 189-204.

"Suffering and Salvation: Birthing Pains in Ælfric's Life of Agatha." Medieval Perspectives 17 (2002): 105-120.

“`Seo fæmne þa lærde swa lange þone cniht’: The Christian Wife as Converter and Ælfric’s Anglo-Saxon Audience.” Parergon 19 (2002): 39-51.

"Not Tonight Dear, I Have a Vow of Chastity: Sexual Abstinence and Marital Vocation in The Book of Margery Kempe." Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest 6 (1999): 133-47.

"‘Heo man ne waes’: Cross-dressing, Sex-Change, and Womanhood in Ælfric’s Life of Eugenia." Mediaevalia 22 (1998): 113-32.

Forthcoming works

Teaching Rape in the Medieval Literature Classroom: Approaches to Difficult Texts. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming 2018. Ed. Alison Gulley. 
The volume includes my two essays, “Introduction: Teaching Rape: Challenges in the 21st-Century Classroom” and “`How do we know he really raped her?’: Confronting Student Skepticism When Teaching the `Wife of Bath’s Tale.’”

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: Sexual Renunciation, Apocalyptic Anticipation, and Liminality in Ælfric’s Lives of the Virgin Spouses.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology. Forthcoming.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7303

Office address
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