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Brian Gastle

English Department

Brian Gastle


Phone: 828-227-3922
Office Address: Coulter 410

Brian Gastle specializes in Medieval British literature, especially mercantile and business rhetoric in medieval authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and Margery Kempe; he was the 2017-2018 recipient of WCU’s University Scholar Award. Dr. Gastle teaches a variety of courses in English literature, professional writing, research methods, and in WCU’s liberal studies program. Since coming to WCU in 1998, he has served as Department Head in English, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Provost Fellow, and he has been active in assessment and accreditation activities across campus.

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  • Ph.D. in English Language and Literature (Medieval Lit), University of Delaware, 1998
  • M.A. in English language and Literature, University of Delaware, 1991
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, SUNY Buffalo, 1989

Recent Publications

  • 2018: Co-Editor of Volume. Gastle, Brian, and Erick Kelemen, eds. Later Middle English Literature, Materiality, and Culture: Essays in Honor of James M. Dean. University of Delaware Press.
  • 2018: Chapter in Edited Volume. Gastle, Brian. “The Need for Economy in Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature, edited by Craig Bertolet and Robert Epstein, The New Middle Ages Series, Palgrave, 2018, pp. 127-142.
  • 2017: Co-Editor of Volume. Saez-Hidalgo, Ana, Brian Gastle, and R.F. Yeager, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower. Routledge
  • 2017: Chapter in Edited Volume. Gastle, Brian. “‘The Lucre of Marchandie’: Poet, Patron, and Payment in Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” John Gower: Others and the Self, edited by Russell A. Peck and R.F. Yeager, Boydell & Brewer, 2017, pp. 283-294.
  • 2014: Chapter in Edited Volume.  Gastle, Brian. “Using Beowulf to Teach Argumentation.” Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Howell Chickering, et. al., Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014, pp. 121-29.
  • 2012: Co-Editor of Volume. Filardo-Llamas, Laura, Brian Gastle, and Marta Gutiérrez Rodríguez, eds. Gower in Context(s): Scribal, Linguistic, Literary and Socio-historical Readings. Universidad Valladolid.
  • 2011: Co-Editor of Volume. Yeager, R. F. and Brian Gastle. MLA Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower. Modern Languages Association.
  • 2010: Chapter in Edited Volume. Gastle, Brian. “Gower’s Business: Artistic Production of Cultural Capital and the Tale of Florent.” John Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation, & Tradition, edited by Elisabeth Dutton, John Hines, and RF Yeager, Westfield Medieval Studies, Boydell & Brewer, 2010, pp. 182-95.
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