Professor of English and Humanities
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Manorbier Castle, Pembrokehire, Wales
Michael Faletra teaches and writes about the literatures of medieval Britain, including Middle English, Anglo-Latin, Anglo-Norman, Welsh, Irish, and Anglo-Saxon. At present the core of Michael's interest lies in the long twelfth century, that crossroads of the Middle Ages where the rise of universities, humanism, and courtly love clashed with a revival of spiritual traditions, and where the intellectual heritage of the Latin Church and the vernacular cultures of England, France, Occitania, and the Celtic world came together in a heady mix.
Michael grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, where he majored in English and minored in Italian, and then moved up Commonwealth Avenue to Boston College, where he obtained his doctorate in English, with a focus on medieval literature, in 2000. He has has driven cross-country several times, has been to thirty-nine states and five foreign countries, and has now settled down in a pleasant green corner of the Southeast neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, where he and his family live with a dog named Pseudo-Nennia.
Michael works at Reed College, where he teaches both in the English Department and in the Humanities program. When not at home or in the classroom, he enjoys exploring Oregon waterfalls, Portland coffee shops, Powells Books, and Welsh castles. To review Michael's curriculum vitae, please click here.
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