Nathan Phelps

Graduate Instructor


B.A. (English) University of Wyoming

M.A. (English) Oregon State University


Nathan is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Notre Dame. He studies Middle English literature with a focus on new materialisms, sound, and ecocriticism. His current project is interested in the way that sound and aurality create marvelous or proleptic tensions in Middle English romances like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He is also interested in medieval concepts (like marvels) that resonate with Jane Bennett's ideas about vibrant matter. 

Scholarly Work

  • 56th Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, “In Vestigiis Iesu Domini: Putting Jerusalem on One Leg at a Time in The Book of Margery Kempe,” Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2021
  • Master’s Symposium at Oregon State University, “God’s Hard-to-Understand Decisions: The Itinerarium Cambriae and Writing Divine Agency in the Non-Human,” Corvallis, Oregon. 2019
  • Transatlantic Symposium, “Political Prophecy in Contemporary Discussions of Brexit,” Berlin, Germany. 2019