Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Ian Cornelius

Associate Professor, Graduate Programs Director


At Loyola I teach in the Honors program first-year interdisciplinary survey (antiquity and Middle Ages), core courses in literary reading and poetry, and courses in the history of the English language, Old English language, the history of the book, and medieval and early modern English and European literature. My research interests are in poetics, literary language, book history, and the histories of texts. For more about me, see my website.


  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis
  • PhD, The University of Pennsylvania

Program Areas

  • British Literature and Culture
  • Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
  • Textual Studies and Digital Humanities
  • Poetry and Poetics

Research Interests

  • Medieval British literature
  • Old and Middle English
  • Alliterative Poetry and Poetic Meter
  • Textual Studies and Editing
  • Medieval Literary Education
  • Latin Grammar and Rhetoric
  • Piers Plowman
  • Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy

Selected Publications


  • (with J. Eric Ensley) “Takamiya MS 23, Its Exemplar, and the editio princeps of Piers Plowman.” Journal of the Early Book Society 26 (forthcoming for 2023).
  • (with Kathryn A. Young) “Medieval Manuscripts at Loyola University Chicago.” Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies 8, no. 2 (forthcoming for 2023)
  • “Langland Parrhesiastes.” In Medieval Literary Voices: Embodiment, Materiality and Performance, edited by Louise D’Arcens and Sif Ríkharðsdóttir, 111–29. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2022
  • “Language and Meter.” In What Kind of a Thing Is a Middle English Lyric?, edited by Cristina Maria Cervone and Nicholas Watson, 106–34, 415–24. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022
  • Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • ‘Boethius’ Consolatio’, in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Vol. 1: The Middle Ages, ed. by Rita Copeland (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 269–98.
  • ‘Gower and the Peasants’ Revolt’, Representations 131 (2015): 22–51. <doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.131.1.22>