D. Vance Smith

Professor of English


(609) 258–1181


37 McCosh Hall



Ph.D. University of Virginia. D. Vance Smith has been a Fulbright Scholar (at Magdalen College, Oxford and King’s College, London), an NEH Fellow at the National Humanities Center, a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

He has finished a study of the medieval literature of dying, Arts of Dying, the third book in a series examining the medieval limit experience. The first, The Book of the Incipit, concerns beginnings in medieval and modern philosophy and literature, with Piers Plowman as the central exhibit. The second book, Arts of Possession, meditates on dwelling in medieval romance and economic theory and practice.

Recent Publication. Essays on Piers Plowman, historiography, the medieval masculine body. Co-ed. New Approaches to Medieval Studies. Currently working on possession, exchange, and aristocratic signification in the Middle Ages. New books: The Book of the Incipit: Beginnings in the Fourteenth Century and Arts of Possession: The Middle English Household Imaginary.

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