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Welcome. This homepage contains a little information about me and my background, rather more information about the courses that I teach at Warren Wilson College, several internet links to websites relevant to my courses or to other matters important to me, and an on-line syllabi for several courses. No views expressed in or implied by anything on this homepage are necessarily those of Warren Wilson College or any official thereof. See the college's personal webpage disclaimer. I will, however, be glad to try to answer any questions you might have about the academic programs of the English Department or the Humanities Major or to direct you to someone else who can. Just drop an email to David Mycoff.

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A Little About Me

I was born and raised in West Virginia, received my BA degree from Washington and Lee University and my MA and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. After teaching in the Rochester City Schools and at the U of R, Monroe Community College, and West Virginia Institute of Technology, I came to Warren Wilson College in 1986. If you want to see a reasonably current version of my official resumé (academics call it a curriculum vitae) click here.

I chair the Humanities Major Committee and teach in the English Department, where my primary responsibilities include expository writing, Medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. I also teach a first-year seminar, Classical and Modern Theatre (team-taught with the chair of the Theatre Department), African-American Writings, Opera as Drama (team-taught with the chair of the Music Department), an interdisciplinary course in Medieval Islamic Culture, and a Warren Wilson World Wide course called North Italian Renaissance and Reformation, which includes a field component in Northern Italy. You can find descriptions of these and other courses under Courses.

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ˇ See separate links lists for Chaucer, Dante, and Shakespeare.

ˇ ORB-Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies

Copious bibliographies, internet sites with links, and other resources for all areas of Medieval Studies.

ˇ The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Copious bibliographies, internet sites with links, and other resources for all areas of Medieval Studies.

ˇ The Labyrinth."Innumeras vias."

You must check this one out. The "Arthurian Studies" link is particularly helpful.

ˇ Women Writers of the Middle Ages.

Electronic texts, links, informative articles, bibliographies, images.

ˇ Medieval Feminist Index.

Index of book reviews, essays, journal articles dealing with women and sexuality in the Middle Ages.

ˇ World Wide Web Medieval Resources.

good links to websites, electronic texts, images.

ˇ Oxford Text Archive.

Electronic texts of Middle English writings.

ˇ Online Classical and Medieval Library.

Electronic texts.

ˇ ClassicalNet's Classical Music Informational Sites.

Click the section for Early Music.

ˇ International Center of Medieval Art Links Page.

Live links to many exhibitions.

ˇ "Splendors of Christendom"

Links to excellent sources for images.

ˇ University of Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

An essential source for the period. Gook links to databases and libraries.

ˇ Renascence Editions.

Electronic editions of publications in English, 1477-1799.

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Chaucer Links

ˇ Electronic Chaucer.

Links to electronic texts of The Canterbury Tales, contextual materials, commentaries, and more.

ˇ Luminarium (Chaucer).

Some authorities call this the most nearly complete listing of internet Chaucer resources. If you get a "this device cannot play" prompt, just click it, and the non-audio materials will continue.

ˇ Chaucer: An Annotated Guide to Online Resources.

A good starting-place for exploring Chaucer on the net.

ˇ Chaucer MetaPage.

Enough but not too much.

ˇ Harvard Chaucer Page.

Primarily The Canterbury Tales.

ˇ For illustrations, see also the pertinent sections of the website listed above as The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretation.

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Bibliographies, links, and other Dante resources, including internet accessible illustrations of Dante's works and other visual art inspired by Dante.

Enough but not too much.

Multimedia environment for studying Inferno.

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Shakespeare Links

Electronic edition.

This site attempts "to be a complete annotated guide to scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet." It does a pretty good job of it.

Click on the "To be or not to be" quotation in order to get into this fine site, maintained by Britannica.

Photographic tour of the restored Globe in London.

Official website of the restored Globe theater, incluces historical material on Elizabethan playhouses, discussion of the reconstruction project, and information about visits, tours, and performances.

Enough but not too much.

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Some Bible and Theology Websites

Searchable online texts of several English translations of the Bible (NIV, NASB, RSV, KJV, Darby, YLT, and World English) and translations in nine other languages as well.

More than you will ever use unless you are the next Walter Brueggemann.

Electronic texts, informative articles, links.

Excellent links, especially to sites with electronic texts of sometimes difficult to obtain materials.

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Opera and Other Vocal Genres

Theater and musical events, including but not limited to opera, for the two week periods throughout Britain.

Official homepage for the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, provides extensive bibliography and links for materials pertaining to relationships between language and music in opera, art song, oratorio, choral music, and other vocal forms. Materials on narrative and music.

Performance histories, synopses, libretti, discographies, and links. Information on opera companies as well.

Click the section for Opera, Choral, and Vocal Music.

Over 90 links, commercial and otherwise, from the stodgy to the weird.

A very wide range of composers and poets in several languages is included.

'The largest reference source for European Medieval Music on the web." Informative, introductory articles, discographies, links to sources for recordings, scores, and performances.

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Guide to Citing Internet Sources

Style guide to citing online resources used by Columbia University Press.

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Visual Art and Language

This site records a special exhibition at the Rare Books Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Collection. The exhibition investigated relationships between visual art and language by examining how several canonical literary texts have been presented to the public through the ages, particularly through the agency of the illustrated book. Such presentation is seen as an important part of the process through which a text becomes defined as a cultural classic. Represented are the Bible, Homer, Aristophanes, Virgil, Ovid, Saint Augustine, Dante, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Joyce.

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Conscientious Objection

Practical information pertaining to conscientious objection to selective service; relevant legislation pending; discussion of broader philosophical issues; other resources.

In addition to information about the draft, CCCO provides information to people already enlisted in the armed forces on such matters as discharges, discrimination, and harassment. The organization also works to eliminate Junior ROTC programs from public high schools. Many links to other resources.

Advocacy for legislation enabling conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund to be used for nonmilitary purposes only.

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Other Peace Organizations


"On either side of the river stood a tree of life, which yields twelve crops of fruit, one for each

month of the year, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations." Rev. 22:3.


Website of the well-known Quaker service agency: service opportunities; many links to peace and justice resources.

Interdenominational advocacy organization devoted to hunger issues, domestic and international.

Ongoing medical aid and education programs operated by health care professionals and other laypersons on a volunteer basis. Programs in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, Domincan Republic, Russia, and Uganda.


Advocates for the protection of the world's refugees and seeks to provide some with the protection afforded by third country resettlement.

Oldest faith-based peace organization in the United States, umbrella organization for several groups, affiliated with International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Legislative updates and other advocacy resources.

Service opportunities and other resources for numerous domestic and international relief, service, community development, and peacemaking programs.

Legislative updates and other advocacy resources.

Community in Israel jointly established by Jews and Palestinian Arabs that conducts a School for Peace and a Children's Educational System.

Especially copious materials on conflict in Yugoslavia and the Balkans generally.

Roman Catholic peace fellowship.

Local chapter of a national network of citizens engaged in peacemaking , activism, and peace education.

Main relief agency for the Episcopal Church USA, supporting both international and domestic projects. Includes links to other relief agencies.

Faith-based social action center in Washington, DC. Its programs include Quest for Peace (aid and development programs in Nicaragua), Nicaragua Cultural Alliance (art work by Nicaraguan artists: proceeds support the artists and Quest for Peace programs), Haiti Reborn (support for grassroots efforts to eliminate military repression and restore democracy), Priests for Equality (works for full participation of women and men in church and society), Equal Justice USA (supports various reforms of the justice system, including abolition of the death penalty), Catholics Speak Out (facilitates dialogue between Roman Catholic laity and hierarchy).

Works for closing of the US Army School of the Americas and its programs of training Central and South American government forces in "counter-insurgency" warfare. Warren Wilson students and staff have been particularly involved in this organization's activities. There is also a website for the local chapter, WNC SOAWatch.

This organizations works through a network of local food banks to collect and distribute food and other grocery products and to educate the public about domestic hunger issue. Asheville's Manna Food Bank, located a few miles from Warren Wilson College, has several contacts with the college through the Service Learning Program and otherwise.

Combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.

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ˇ         First Year Seminar. Page to Stage: Classical and Contemporary Theater. This course, which I team teach with Graham Paul, chair of the Theatre Department and director of the college theatre, combines literary study and practical theatre. We focus on several plays, some of them from the past and some of them contemporary. (For instance, in the seminar offered during Fall Semester of 2000, we studied Sophocles, Antigone; Fugard, The Island; Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Stoppard, The Real Thing; Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Bennett, Habeas Corpus.) Students read the plays, discuss the readings, write papers (five or six short papers), act or direct in selected scenes from the plays, and propose designs for costumes, staging, sets, or lighting. I think that the course is an excellent introduction to college-level study, for it helps build critical reading skills, writing skills, public speaking skills and poise, and collaborative working skills.

ˇ         English 130. Scriptural and Doctrinal Backgrounds to (Western) Culture. This course combines a condensed and selective Bible as Literature course with an introductory overview of some of the main questions, problems, and approaches of Christian thought. We read selections of the King James Bible, sometimes comparing them to versions in modern translations. We also study later literary works in which authors in some way are responding to some issue in scripture or theology. I try to present a range of literary works from different periods, though most of what we read comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We also study music, paintings and other visual art, and sometimes films that respond to the primary texts.

ˇ         English 155. Introduction to Poetry.Introduction to close reading of lyric poetry in English, with ample practice and skill development, both in class and in writing. I give some attention to formal prosodic analysis and to oral interpretation, and I include some introductory study of art song settings of English poetry.

ˇ         English 270. African-American Writings. Introductory study of selected African-American writings (verse, drama, fiction, and non-fictional prose) from colonial times to the present.

ˇ         Music 280. Opera as Drama. I team-teach this course with Steven Williams, chair of the Music Department. We study selected operas from various periods in their musical, dramatic, and literary aspects.

ˇ         Interdepartmental 316. Medieval Islamic Culture.An overview of Islamic cultures from the time of Muhammad to the beginnings of Ottoman hegemony, with special focus on an introductory reading of the Qur'an and works of secular scholarship and literature. Readings in modern English.

ˇ         English 335. Medieval Life and Literature.We study the history of medieval ideas, cultures, and mentalities, focusing most of our attention on seminal works of literature, philosophy, theology, mystical speculation, ethics, and political theory (in modern English translation or easy Middle English) , with some attention to music and visual art. I always include a reading of all three cantiche of Dante's Divine Comedy.

ˇ         English 338. Literature and Culture of the Renaissance.We study major representative works of sixteenth and seventeenth century English literature as well as selected influential continental works (in English translation)and works by major artists and musicians of the period.

ˇ         English 341. Shakespeare.We will study between twelve and sixteen of Shakespeare's plays and read several relatively short essays representing a range of modern Shakespeare scholarship and criticism. Students will watch and critique one or two film productions of a Shakespeare play and present lightly staged readings in class of selected scenes. The course will also incorporate any Shakespeare stage productions locally presented the semester.

ˇ         English 390 / 488. Junior / Senior English Honors Seminar. Topic and instructors vary from year to year. The seminar that I most recently conducted focused on Satire and Humor.

ˇ         Directed Independent Studies and Theses. I particularly enjoy working with students on special directed study projects and on Senior English Honors or Humanities theses. We use a British-style tutorial format as much as possible. Here are some of the projects I've supervised in recent years.
--Musical Settings of Walt Whitman's poetry (thesis)
--Theological Themes in the Paintings of Carol Bomer (thesis)
--Women's Spirituality in The Book of Margery Kempe (thesis)
--The Poetry of Adrienne Rich (thesis)
--The Poetry of Yeats (thesis)
--The Poetry of Wallace Stevens (thesis)
--Dante and Milton (one thesis and one directed study)
--Shakespeare and Feminist Criticism (two directed studies)
--Chaucer and Traditions of Late Medieval Narrative (directed study)
--English Poetry and the European Art Song Tradition (directed study)
--History of the Literature of Christian Spirituality (directed study)
--Theology in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (directed study)
Most of the theses are on file in the Warren Wilson College library.

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Curriculum Vitae

David A. Mycoff
Warren Wilson College



Postgraduate continuing education



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