Medievalist and political activist Sheila Delany's 1991 collection of fiction and non-fiction, Telling Hours: Journal Stories, followed and preceded various academic works of feminist criticism.

Professor emerita Dr. Sheila Delany retired from SFU as an English department instructor in September, 2006. Two medieval journals, an American and a Canadian, marked the occasion with special issues honoring her career: "Exemplaria" 19 (2007), ed. Lynn Arner, and "Florilegium" 23 (2008 for 2006), ed. Christa Canitz.

She spends as much time as possible in the East Bay (Berkeley-Oakland) where her son and grandson live. In autumn of 2009 she travelled to Cassis (Provence) to complete a project under the auspices of the Camargo Foundation.

In the early days of the French Revolution, poet and journalist Sylvain Maréchal wrote satirical, skeptical studies of the lives of female saints to discourage religion. Sheila Delany has retrieved his audacious work from obscurity for Anti-Saints: The New Golden Legend of Sylvain Maréchal (U. of Alberta $34.95). Delany previously rescued another author from obscurity when she translated a late Middle English text by Osbern Bokenham. She later continued with a translation of Sylvain Maréchal's novella La femme abbé, The Woman Priest.


Counter-Tradition. The Literature of Dissent and Alternatives. Basic Books, 1970. Edited with Introduction and notes by S. D.

Chaucer's House of Fame. The Poetics of Skeptical Fideism. University of Chicago Press, 1972; reprinted University Press of Florida, 1994.

Writing Woman. Women Writers and Women in Literature, Medieval to Modern. Schocken, 1983. Collection of essays by S. D.

Medieval Literary Politics. Shapes of Ideology. Manchester University Press and St. Martin's Press, 1990. Collection of essays by S. D.

Telling Hours and other journal stories. Vancouver: New Star, 1991.

A Legend of Holy Women. University of Notre Dame Press, 1992. Translation of a late Middle English text by Osbern Bokenham, with Introduction and notes by S. D.

The Naked Text. Chaucer's Legend of Good Women. University of California Press, 1994.

Impolitic Bodies. Poetry, Saints and Society in Fifteenth Century England. The Work of Osbern Bokenham. Oxford University Press, 1998. (This book won the first Labarge prize for best book in medieval studies, awarded by the Canadian Society of Medievalists in 1999.)

'Turn it and turn it again': Medieval Jewish studies and literary theory. Special issue of Exemplaria 12 (Spring, 2000), ed./intro. S.D.

Chaucer and the Jews: Sources, contexts, meanings, ed. S.D. Routledge (2002). This is an edited collection. I have written the introduction and contributed an essay.

"The Jewish Connection: Chaucer and the Paris Jews, 1394". In Locating the Past/Discovering the Present. Perspectives on Religion, Culture, and Marginality (University of Alberta Press 2010).

Anti-Saints: The New Golden Legend of Sylvain Maréchal (U. of Alberta 2012)

The Woman Priest (U. of Alberta 2016) Translated and introduced by Sheila Delany $19.95 978-1-77212-123-0

Crowded Mirror (Durga 2019) 9781771367660. Poetry

For and Against the Bible: A Translation of Sylvain Marechal's Pour et Contre la Bible (1801), (Brill 2020) $179 hc 978-90-04-43432-5

[BCBW 2020] "Women" "Fiction"