Warren Edminster

Professor of English 

Director, University Honors Program

"If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work."

– William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, I. ii. 159-60

Warren Edminster



Baylor University


Clemson University


Baylor University


The Preaching Fox: Festive Subversion in the Plays of the Wakefield Master. Routledge, 2005.

Highlighted Publications

"Fairies and Feminism: Recurrent Patterns in Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' and Brontë's Jane Eyre." The Victorian Newsletter (Fall 2003). Reprinted in Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations: Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, New York: 2007.

"Punning and Political Parody in The Second Shepherds' Play." English Language Notes (June 2003).

"Foolish Shepherds and Priestly Folly: Festive Influence in Prima Pastorum." Medieval Perspectives (2000)

Areas of Specialization

Early English Drama

History of the English Language

Medieval Literature


Director, University Honors Program

Courses Taught

ENG 150 Honors Composition

ENG 309 History of the English Language

ENG 330/606 Chaucer

ENG 427 Medieval Literature

HON 251 Honors Humanities

HUM 211 Humanities

Awards and Distinctions

Best First Book Award, Southeastern Medieval Association, 2008

Excellence in Service Award, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 2005 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

International Congress on Medieval Studies

Southeastern Medieval Association


Dr. Warren Edminster

Lowry 304-A

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341