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Winthrop Wetherbee

Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emeritus

Withrop Wetherbee

Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley, PhD
University of Leeds, UK, MA
Harvard University, BA


Winthrop (Pete) Wetherbee began his distinguished career at Cornell in 1967. He has won National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, among others, and has published very widely in the fields of Medieval literature and culture, Chaucer studies, Medieval Latin, Dante students, and the European Medieval tradition. He worked in the field advising students and teaching inmates through the Cornell in Auburn Program where he served as faculty director.


  • English

Graduate Fields

  • Medieval Studies


  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • Medieval Studies


  • Chaucer
  • Middle English
  • Classical and medieval Latin
  • Dante
  • Old French poetry
  • Medieval literary criticitism