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Liam Purdon

English - Professor
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Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair Recipient; 2012-2013

The purpose of the Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair is to support Doane College faculty in advancing the liberal and fine arts  through the development of original scholarship or creative work, or through the development of curricula that effectively integrate a variety of perspectives on art, culture, and the human condition.


Most important for me in the classroom is getting my students to think cogently and to express themselves clearly and convincingly inresponse to literary art. My primary interests are medieval literature, postmodern anarchism theory and application, and the history of European nations in the Caribbean.


  • Chaucer and the English Language (English 393),
  • Shakespeare (English 392),
  • Introduction to Fiction (English 237),
  • The Writing Seminar (English 101),
  • The Senior Seminar (English 495)

Selected Publications

• "Sir Guido and the Green Light: Confession in Sir Gawain and Inferno XXVII" (Co-authored with Julian N. Wasserman). Neophilologus 84 (2000): 647-66.

• "The Rite of Vassalage in Havelok the Dane." Medievalia et Humanistica 20 (1993): 25-39.

• "The Pardoner's Old Man and the Second Death." Studies in Philology 89.3 (1992): 334-49.

The Wakefield Master's Dramatic Art: A Drama of Spiritual Understanding. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.

The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideals of Order and Their Decline (Co-edited with Cindy Vitto). Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994.