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Roy M. Liuzza



Professor Liuzza’s area of specialization is Old English language and literature. He has a special interest in editing and textual criticism, and in Anglo-Saxon science and medicine. His current work is on the Anglo-Saxon sense of time in scientific, historical, and literary works.

He regularly teaching Old English and Advanced Old English, as well as the History of the English Language.


B.A. University of Louisiana at Monroe

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University


  • Old English Poetry: An Anthology (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2014)
  • General Editor, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature I: The Medieval Period (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2006). Third edition 2015
  • Anglo-Saxon Prognostics: Studies and Texts from London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius A.iii (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2010). Winner of the 2013 Beatrice White Prize from the English Association.
  • Beowulf: a new verse translation. Broadview Literary Texts (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2000). Second revised and expanded edition, 2012
  • The Old English Version of the Gospels. 2 vols. Early English Text Society OS 304, 314 (Oxford: OUP, 1994, 2000)

Recent articles

  • “Editions,” Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Howell Chickering and Allen J. Frantzen (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2014), 5-14
  • “The Sense of Time in Anglo-Saxon England,” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 89.2 (2013), 131-153
  • “In Measure, and Number, and Weight: Writing Science,” The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, ed. Clare A. Lees (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 475-498
  • “Literacy,” A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. Jacqueline A. Stodnick and Renée R. Trilling. Wiley-Blackwell Critical Theory Handbooks (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012), 99-114
  • “Iron and Irony in Beowulf,” Beowulf at Kalamazoo: Essays in Translation and Performance, ed. Jana K. Schulman and Paul E. Szarmach (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Press, 2012), 50-68
  • “Prayers and/or Charms to the Cross,” Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies in Honor of George Hardin Brown, ed. Karen Louise Jolly, Catherine E. Karkov, and Sarah Larratt Keefer (Morgantown, WV: West Virginia UP, 2007), 279-323
  • “Scribes of the Mind: Editing Old English, in Theory and in Practice,” The Power of Words: Anglo-Saxon Studies Presented to Donald G. Scragg on His Seventieth Birthday, ed. Hugh Magennis and Jon Wilcox (Morgantown, WV: West Virginia UP, 2006), 245-277
  • “The Sphere of Life and Death: Time, Medicine and the Visual Imagination,” Latin Learning and English Lore: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge, ed. Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe and Andy Orchard (Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2005), II:28-52
  • Beowulf: Monuments, Memory, History,” Readings in Medieval Texts: Interpreting Old and Middle English Literature, ed. Elaine Treharne and David Johnson (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005), 91-108
  • “What the Thunder Said: Anglo-Saxon Brontologies and the Problem of Sources,” Review of English Studies 55 (2004), 1-23
  • “The Tower of Babel: The Wanderer and the Ruins of History,” Studies in the Literary Imagination 36 (2003), 1-35
  • Beowulf in Translation: Problems and Possibilities,” Beowulf in our Time: Teaching Beowulf in Translation. Old English Newsletter Subsidia 31 (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2002), 23-40
  • “Lost in Translation: Some Versions of Beowulf in the Nineteenth Century,” English Studies 83 (2002), 281-95

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research, University of Tennessee, 2014
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund Grant, British Academy, 2008
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007-08
  • University of Tennessee Professional Development Grant, 2007-08
  • American Philosophical Society Grant, 2003-4

Associations & Organizations

Editorial Board, Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, University of Toronto Press

Executive Committee, Old English Division, Modern Language Association, 2003-15

Advisory Board, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, 2002-15

Invited Lectures

“Diminishing Returns: On the History of the Future in Old English,” Invited Paper, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, February 2014

 “Translating Old English Poetry,” invited workshop, Columbia University, March 2013

“Wheels within Wheels: Further Observations on ‘The Sphere of Life and Death’,” Invited Paper, Fourth International Conference on the Science of Computus, National University of Ireland – Galway, Summer 2012

 “The Figure and the Frame: Reckoning, Representing, and Imagining Time in Anglo-Saxon England,” invited talk, Brown University, Spring 2010

 “The Present and Future of Graduate Medieval Studies,” round-table discussion, Yale University Medieval Studies Alumni Conference, April 2006

“The Sense of Time in Anglo-Saxon England,” T. Northcote Toller Memorial Lecture (Invited annual public lecture), University of Manchester, March 2006

“The Sphere of Life and Death: Medicine, Number, and the Visual Imagination,” Invited paper, Medieval Doctoral Conference, Harvard University, February 2005 

“Monuments, Memory, History, Beowulf,” Plenary Paper, Anglistentag 2004, Institut für Anglistik, Aachen, September 2004

 “The Tower of Babel: The Wanderer and the Ruins of History,” invited paper, Notre Dame University, November 2002

“Iron and Irony in Beowulf,” invited paper, Western Michigan University, November 2002

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