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 and Medievalisms; Queer and Gender Studies; Pedagogy; Film; Children's Literature; Southern Literature; Games and Narratology

Selected Publications


  • Chaucer's Losers, Nintendo's Children, and Other Forays in Queer Ludonarratology. University of Nebraska Press, 2019

  • The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom. Rutgers University Press, 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Queering Medieval Genres. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Edited Collections

  • Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other. Co-edited with Miriamne Ara Krummel. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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


• UCF Pegasus Professor Designation, 2019. 

• The Teaching Literature Book Award for Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other, 2019. 

• The Popular Culture Association John Leo and Dana Heller Award for the Best Work in  LGBTQ Studies, for The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom, 2019. 

• 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, 2013, and 2018.

• 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


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18463 ENG3612 Trendslitcultural Text Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Unavailable

ENG 3612      Trends in LCT Studies: Literary Gaming

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 GameThe Legend of Zelda, and Candyland; theoretical texts will likely include Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens, Roger Caillois’s Man, Play, and Games, and Bernard Suits’s The Grasshopper, among numerous others. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation on the narrative qualities of a particular game.

20547 ENL3378H Hon Harry Potter Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable

PR: ENC 1102H or equivalent and consent of Honors.

Examines J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books and other adaptations. With Honors content.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90534 LIT3132 Legend & Lit King Arthur Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable

The legend of King Arthur is one of the most popular and enduring in western literature. Why? What is so appealing about the mythic Arthur and the fall of Camelot? In this course, we will analyze Arthurian texts covering a 1500-year span, from the earliest “historical” references to the latest Hollywood interpretations, as well as from a range of British, French, German, and American authors. Likely texts and authors include Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,Thomas Malory, Chretien de Troyes, Tristan and Isolde, Alfred Tennyson, Mark Twain, and Monty Python. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation.

91957 LIT4374 Literature of the Bible Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Unavailable

PR: ENC 1102 and ENG 3014

This course examines the literary qualities of the Judeo-Christian Bible. Readings will be taken from the Tanakh (also known as the Christian Old Testament), the New Testament, the Apocrypha, and various miscellaneous texts. We will study this material for questions of narrative, genre, imagery, symbolism, characterization, and theme, among other such perspectives. As a foundational text of Western culture, we can learn much from studying the Bible, but this course in no way presupposes that the enrolled students identify themselves as members of any faith that takes the Judeo-Christian Bible (or parts thereof) as its core text. Note that this course addresses the Bible as literature, not as a source of theology. Required texts include Michael D. Coogan, ed., The New Oxford Annotated Bibleand Bart Ehrman, ed., Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testament. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation.

No courses found for Summer 2019.

Updated: Jan 16, 2020