1. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  2. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  4. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  5. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs
Tison Pugh

Tison Pugh, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature from University of Oregon (2000)
  • M.Ed. in English Education from University of Massachusetts, Amherest (1993)
  • B.A. in English Literature from State University of New York, College at Purchase (1991)

Research Interests

Medieval English Literature; Queer and Gender Studies; Pedagogy; Film; Children's Literature; Southern Literature

Selected Publications


  • Chaucer on Screen: Absence, Presence, and Adapting the Canterbury Tales. Co-edited with Kathleen Coyne Kelly. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016.

  • Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016.

  • Folse, K., & Pugh, T. (2015). Great Writing Book 5 (3rd Ed.). Boston: National Geographic Learning.

  • Chaucer's (Anti-)Eroticisms and the Queer Middle Ages. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014.

  • Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014.

  • Literary Studies: A Practical Guide. Co-written with Margaret E. Johnson. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. 

  • Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. 

  • An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013.

  • Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present. Co-written with Angela Jane Weisl. New York: Routledge, 2012.

  • Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature. New York: Routledge, 2011.

  • Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

  • Queering Medieval Genres. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Edited Collections

  • The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past. Co-edited with Susan Aronstein. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

  • Queer Movie Medievalisms. Co-edited with Kathleen Kelly. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009. 

  • Men and Masculinities in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Co-edited with Marcia Smith Marzec. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 2008.

  • Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema. Co-edited with Lynn Ramey. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

  • Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems. Co-edited with Angela Jane Weisl. New York: Modern Language Association, 2007.


• UCF College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Research Award, 2012.

• Southeastern Medieval Association Award for Scholarly Achievement, 2011.

• Council of Editors of Learned Journals Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement. Co-Awardees Noah Guynn, University of California-Davis; Patricia Ingham, Indiana University; Peggy McCracken, University of Michigan, and Elizabeth Scala, University of Texas; for Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2011.

• UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Incentive and Development Award, 2011

• National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute on “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom,” at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Director, Irven Resnick, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Summer 2010.

• UCF College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2009 and 2016

• UCF College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Researcher Award, 2007

• UCF Research Incentive Award, 2006, 2011, and 2016.

• UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2006 and 2011.

• UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2006 and 2013.

• National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute on Anglo-Saxon England at Trinity College, Cambridge. Director, Paul Szarmach, The Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University. Summer 2004

• UCF College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2004


No courses found for Spring 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91287 LIT6936 Studies in Lct Theory Face2Face M 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
Why do King Arthur and the legends of the Round Table persist throughout the Western cultural imaginary? In this course we will explore the Arthurian legend from its inceptions in medieval England to its modern incarnations. King Arthur’s Middle Ages serves as a preferred setting for literary, theatrical, and cinematic works to explore contemporary society's concerns; however, the union of art and history is often inharmonious when viewers assume that “accuracy” should be the artist’s chief concern, whether such accuracy entails a slavish retelling of a literary work or the perfect re-creation of a lost—if not altogether fictional—historical past. In this course, we will explore how artists deploy King Arthur’s Middle Ages to grapple with issues deeply relevant to their societies, as well as examining the various process of remediation that make such adaptations possible. Texts to be studied range from Chrétien de Troyes’s Lancelot to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

No courses found for Summer 2017.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81229 LIT6216 Issues in Literary Study Face2Face M,W 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
LIT6216.0001: Issues in Literary Study - Literary Gaming

PR: Graduate standing in English

Is literature a game? Are games literary? This course tackles the intersection of narratology and ludology, examining their key structural similarities in a variety of cultural artifacts. Literary texts will likely include the medieval romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Jane Austen's Persuasion, and Bernard Malamud's The Natural; games will likely include King Arthur: The Card Game, The Legend of Zelda, and Candyland; theoretical texts will likely include Johan Huizinga's Homo Ludens, Roger Caillois's Man, Play, and Games, and Bernard Suit's The Grasshopper, among numerous others. Students will be expected to bring at least one game for classroom analysis and discussion.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Sep 20, 2017

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