Sarah Harlan-Haughey

Associate Professor of English

309 Neville Hall
Office Telephone: 207.581.3822

Office Hours – by appointment

Graduate Faculty Spotlights


I am a medievalist with an interest in literature and the environment. I write about outlaws, landscape, and memory. After receiving my PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University in 2011, I have been teaching graduates and undergraduates at UMaine. Teaching and research interests include:

Middle English literature, Old English literature, Medieval Scandinavian literature, Literature and the Environment/Ecocriticism, History of the English Language, Medieval/Early Modern Performance Studies, North Atlantic Multiculturalism, Folklore/ Oral Tradition, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Medieval continental Literature, Early Modern Literature


Graduate Seminar in Gender and Literature: “Ecocriticism”

Major Genres: Sagas

Graduate Medieval Literature Seminar: Fin de siecle Medievalisms

Graduate Medieval Literature Seminar: King Arthur in Middle English

Chaucer and Medieval Literature

Foundations of Literary Analysis

Global Medieval Romance


Middle English Romance

Medieval Literature

Graduate Seminar: Chaucer’s fictions of Gender

The Nature of Story

Arthurian Literature

Texts and Contexts: The Viking Saga

Robin Hood and other Outlaws

Graduate Seminar: Middle English Language and Literature in Context

Literature and the Environment

Honors Civilizations 111, 112, 211, 212

Dragonslayers from Beowulf to Wagner, Tolkien and Beyond

Medieval Narrative


Graduate Seminar: Reading Nature in Medieval England

Shakespeare Seminar

Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Medieval Celtic Literature

Beyond the Round Table: Arthurian Literature, Medieval and Beyond

Body, Mind, Health: Perspectives for Future Medical Professionals

Under the Greenwood Tree: The Robin Hood Legend, from Medieval to Modern

Midsummer Night’s Weirdness: Seasonal Literature in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Personal Essay

Medieval Romance: Voyages to the Otherworld



The Ecology of the English Outlaw in Medieval Literature. Outlaws in Literature, History and Culture Series. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.


Articles and Book Chapters:

“Charms, Changelings, and Chatter: sonic magic in the Secunda Pastorum.” The Language of Magic, ed. Eleanora Cianci and Nicholas Wolf, Milan: LED Edizioni, 2022, pp. 81-102.

“The Dragon of Love: Chaucer’s Jason and the Cycle of Consumption in the Legend of Good Women” The Chaucer Review. vol. 57 no. 1, 2022, pp. 101-128.

“The Poached Feast and the Kingly Blow: The question of courtesy in late medieval king-in-disguise narratives” Co-written with Melissa Winders. In Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales, edited by Melissa Elmes and Kristin Bouviard-Abbo. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021, 169-198.

“Uncanny Cetology in the Sagas and Later West-Scandinavian Balladry.” Ballads of the North: Medieval to Modern (Essays in Memory of Larry Syndergaard) Ed. Sandra Straubhaar and Richard Firth Green. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2019, 73-90.

“The Circle, the Maze, and the Echo: Sublunary Recurrence and Performance in Chaucer’s “Legend of Ariadne.” The Chaucer Review. vol. 52 no. 3, 2017, pp. 341-360.

“The Broken Bird: Note on the unsolved mystery of the loon’s name.” Spire, the Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability 1, May 4 2017, online. Not peer-reviewed.

“Forest Law through the looking glass: distortions of the Forest Charter in the outlaw fiction of late medieval England.” William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal. 549, 2016, pp. 549-589. 

“A Landscape of Conflict: Weather Magic and Colonialism in Færeyinga Saga and Sigmunds Kvæði Eldra.”   New North-American Studies of Medieval Iceland, Islandica 58, Cornell UP, 2016, 345-387.

“The Burning Sun: Space and Knowledge in Exodus.” Anglo-Saxon Secular Learning in the Vernacular, Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik, Vol 69, 2012, 97-117.

“On The Whale-Way,” The Catch: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, 2014, Article 11.



I serve on the editorial board for The Year’s Work in Old English, where I review approximately 12 books per year.

In Arthuriana, a review of Richmond, Andrew, Landscape in Middle English Romance: The Medieval Imagination and the Natural World. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

In The Medieval Review A review of Hanna, Ralph, The Taill of Rauf Coillear. 2022.

In The Medieval Review 19.06.08 A review of Hostetter, Aaron. Political Appetites: Food in Medieval English Romance. Columbus OH: The Ohio State University Press, 2019.

In The Medieval Review 16.09.11, a review of Borges, Jorge Luis, ed. and Trans. Toswell, Ancient Germanic Literatures. Old English Publications: Studies and Criticism, 1. Tempe: ACMRS, 2014.  

In The Medieval Review 15.02.02, a review of Bintley, Michael D. J., and Michael G. Shapland. Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Medieval History and Archaeology. Oxford University Press, 2013. 

In The Medieval Review 14.04.10, a review of Fletcher, Alan J. The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks. Cursor Mundi, 14. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.


Pedagogical studies:

“Down with Dante and Chaucer? Navigating a Great Books curriculum as a medievalist.” Ballad of the Lone Medievalist, ed. Kisha F. Tracy.  Brooklyn: Punctum, 2018.

“Up the Hill Backwards: Meeting the Challenges of Creating a Humanities Lab” in Continuity and Innovation in Honors College Curricula, eds. Robert Glover and Katherine O’Flaherty. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

Harlan-Haughey, Cunningham, Estrup and Lees. “Blogging to Enhance Honors Students’ Writing.” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council 17.1, 2016, 271-288.

“Against Teleology in an Honors Great Books Curriculum.” Honors in Practice 10, 2014, 95-107.

“The Genesis of an Honors Faculty: Collective Reflections on a Process of Change.”   Honors in Practice 2012, Vol. 8, 193-201.


Forthcoming Publications


“Fenland Palimpsests: The Legacy of Knut’s Ely Rhyme in Drayton, Wordsworth, and Longfellow.” To appear in special section of Paideuma entitled “Poems of Places”. Expected 2023.

“Blood on the Table: The Subversion of Fellowship in the Gest of Robin Hood.” Under review to appear in the Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. Expected 2023.

“Living on Borrowed Time: the temporal aesthetic of the Outlaw Sagas.” To appear in Time, Space and Narrative in the Icelandic Sagas, edited by Ben Allport and Alison Finlay. Brepols, expected 2023.

“The H(e)art of the Wood.” To appear in Plant Temporalities, a special issue with Medieval Ecocriticisms, edited by Anke Bernau and Michael Bintley. Co-written with Danielle Cudmore. Expected Spring 2024.


Encyclopedia articles:

“Alcathoe” entry for the forthcoming Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser et al.



Works in Progress


Layamon’s Necropoetics: Death, Landscape, and Poetry in the Brut. Peer-reviewed book proposal accepted; the volume is under contract with the Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies, an imprint of Liverpool University Press.

The Outlaw Code: Late Medieval Outlaws and Virtual Reality. Book project in progress.



“Spare not the Venison: Machismo and Conspicuous Consumption in the Late Medieval Rymes of Robin Hood”.

“Haliurunnas, Helrunan, and Grendel’s mother: miscegenation and the unbearable loneliness of Trollwomen” Co-written with Thomas D. Hill.

“Low Visibility: “wikkit wedere” and the contest of knowledge in The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear”

Ketil Hængs Saga, The Specter of the Whale, and the Fate of Fisheries”

“Walking White Whales: Middle Scots Nonsense Verse and the Cables of Being”