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John Chandler, Ph.D.



John Chandler is a graduate of Plymouth State University, holds a Ph.D. and M.A in English from the University of Rochester and an additional M.A. in medieval studies from Western Michigan University.

Chandler comes to Merrimack College from Southern New Hampshire University, where he taught graduate seminars in British literature and literary theory. His publications focus on medieval literature.


Ph.D., University of Rochester
M.A., University of Rochester
M.A., Western Michigan University
B.A., Plymouth State University


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  • Introduction to Literary Studies
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Chandler has presented papers on medieval literature and art, adapting literature to film, and creating medieval manuscripts. His publications include essays on Sir Kay, Robin Hood and Batman. He recently published his first book, an edition of “The King of Tars,” a Middle English poem, and is currently writing on the role of horror in medieval English literature.

Chandler specializes in Middle English language and literature and medieval manuscripts. He also has written and lectured on comic books and adaptation. His courses often explore issues of heroism and monstrosity, and the new use of old stories and characters in both the Middle Ages and today.