Emily Mahan

Emily Mahan



Year Matriculated into Ph.D. Program


Areas of Interest

Manuscript Studies, Old and Middle English Language and Literature, Prosody, Paleography


MA in Medieval Literature, University of York, 2013; MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry, University of Michigan, 2008; BA in Linguistics, University of Washington, 2004


As a poet and linguist, I am interested in the nature and development of the poetic line in English and related literatures. This interdisciplinary topic involves careful analysis of the way in which text is visually represented in manuscripts, and close study of the medium of language, from morphology and syntax to phonetics and prosody. When poets speak of the line, we often speak of it very subjectively, or from a limited historical perspective. A fresh examination of our poetic history, synthesizing different fields, could inform medievalist scholars and modern poets alike.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • The Language of Sex and Gender, American Medical Writers Conference, 2014;
  • A Question of Style: Comparing Four Style Guides, American Medical Writers Conference, 2013
  • Zell Fellow, 2009
  • Course design and teaching of creative and expository writing at the University of Michigan, 2007-8