Yale Alumni College Fall 2015 - New Haven Traugott Lawler

Vanity Fair and Middlemarch: Two Nineteenth-Century Blockbusters

Traugott Lawler, Professor Emeritus of English

Tuesdays, October 6 – November 10, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Course Description:

Join Prof. Lawler on Tuesdays to read, discuss, and ultimately compare, these two big novels.


Professor Traugott Lawler is a specialist in Medieval English literature, and has broad teaching experience across English and European literature.  He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again 1981 until his retirement in 2005.  At Yale he taught Chaucer, Old English, History of the English Language, and various seminars in Middle English, and he regularly taught both English 125, Major English Poets, and English 129, European Masterpieces, as well.  Since retiring he has filled in several times in 125 and Old English, taught a freshman seminar on Austen and Dickens, and taught both Dante and English Religious Poetry in the Divinity School; and he has taught a course in the Alumni College each semester since it began. He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales (1981), one of the editors of The Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works.  In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and is one of five scholars preparing The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  He was master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3.  He is an avid golfer and plays every summer in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.