Research interests in medieval English and European literature; scholastic literary theory; Latin writings of John Wyclif and his contemporaries; Wycliffite theology; the relationship between Latin and the European vernaculars in the later Middle Ages.
I would be interested in supervising doctoral research relating to Chaucer and his contemporaries; John Wyclif and the Lollards; Late-medieval Latin and vernacular theological texts; medieval literary and linguistic theory (Latin and vernacular prologues, commentaries, educational and theological treatises, etc.)
Penn S (2004) Literary History, Critical History, and the Question of “Medieval” Theory. In: Smallwood P (ed.). Critical Pasts: Writing Criticism, Writing History. Aperçus, Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, pp. 13-36.
Penn S (1997) Literary Nominalism and Medieval Sign Theory: Problems and Perspectives. In: Keiper H, Bode C, Utz RJ (ed.). Nominalism and Literary Discourse: New Perspectives. Critical Studies, 10, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 157-189.