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LIU Brooklyn Sealy Gilles

Sealy Ann Gilles

Associate Professor of English

B.A., Carleton CollegeM.Phil., Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY


Sealy Gilles moved to New York shortly after graduating from Carleton College. She received her doctorate from the City University of New York. After teaching at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and Westchester Community College, she joined the Long Island University faculty in 1999. Teaching interests include medieval and early modern literatures, lyric poetry, myth, and Irish literature. Current research centers on the impact of epidemic disease on medieval and early modern texts.


Medieval British literature, lyric poetry, Irish literature


Co-author, "An Irishwoman in China," Studies in Travel Writing (2008)
Co-author, "Professionalizing Chaucer: John Matthews Manly, Edith Rickert, and the Canterbury Tales as Cultural Capital," Reading Medieval Culture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hanning (2005)
Author, "Love and Disease in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde," Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2003)
Author, "Text as Arena: Lament and Gnome in The Wanderer," in The Rhetorical Poetics of the Middle Ages: Reconstructive Polyphony (2000)
Co-editor, Text and Territory: Geographical Imagination in the European Middle Ages (1998)
Author, "Territorial Interpolations in the Old English Orosius," in Text and Territory: Geographical Imagination in the European Middle Ages (1998)
Author, "Ne... Sequences in Old English and Old Irish" in Voices in Translation (1992)


Recipient, David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, LIU
Recipient, NSIOD Excellence in Teaching Award - 1998
Recipient, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Fellow, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Chaucer in the Twentieth Century
Fellow, NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the Literature of Love
NYU-SCE Award for Teaching Excellence, 1988
NYU-SCE Research Grants, New York University, 1988, 1990

Professional Affiliations

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists      
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Club of New York
Modern Language Association
New Chaucer Society