Stephen G. Nichols

Stephen Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities, specializes in medieval literature and its interactions with history, philosophy, and history of art. One of his books, Romanesque Signs: Early Medieval Narrative and Iconology, received the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding book by an MLA author. Another, The New Philology, was honored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the the University of Geneva and was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. In 2008, he received a Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Over the last decade, in a project sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, Nichols has been instrumental in developing a digital library of medieval manuscripts at Hopkins’s Milton S. Eisenhower Library:

A Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, he is a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory, which he also directed for five years. Recent publications include Rethinking the Medieval Senses, L’Alterité du Moyen Age, Medievalism and the Modernist Temper, The Whole BookThe New Medievalism, and Mimesis: From Mirror to Method, Augustine to Descartes.  Current projects include:  Laughing Matters: The Enigma and Exasperation of Laughter, Voices in the Text: Writing & Orality in the Troubadour Lyric, and Building History: the Politics of Medievalism in Restoration France.