Ruen-chuan Ma

Faculty Member

Ruen-chuan Ma



PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2017
Dissertation: "Codex Theory: Codicology and the Aesthetics of Reading in Late Medieval England"

MA, Medieval Studies, University College London (UCL), 2008

AB, English Language and Literature (with minor in French), University of Chicago, 2007

Research Interests

Late medieval English and French literature, medieval manuscript studies (esp. page design and codicology), relationship between text and image, medieval reception of classical texts

Courses Taught

ENGL 2010/201H - Academic Writing & Research
ENGL 2230 - Myths and Legends in Literature
ENGL 2610 - British Literature to 1800
ENGL 3090 - Academic Writing for English Majors
ENGL 3610 - Medieval Literature
ENGL 376G - World Literature (Ideas of the World in the Middle Ages)
ENGL 4620 - Chaucer
ENGL 463R - Topics in Shakespeare
ENGL 471R - Eminent Authors
HONR 2000 - Ancient Legacies

Office Hours (2021-22): Wednesdays, 11-3pm, by appointment (other times available via Teams video conference)

Director, International Hoccleve Society, July 2019 to present

Executive Committee Member, MLA Middle English Forum, Jan 2022 to present

Faculty Advisor, Essais, 2018-19 and 2019-20
UVU's premier student publication for scholarly endeavors in critical literary analysis and literary theory

Co-Director, English Department London Study Abroad Program

Speaker, Roots of Knowledge Lecture Series, UVU Fulton Library, September 2018
"Reading Stained Glass and Parchment: Reimagining Time and Space in Medieval Literature and Beyond"


ENGL 2610

British Literature before 1800 HH, Spring 2022


Eminent Authors, Spring 2022

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research CC, Spring 2022