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Anthony Adams

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

637 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6420


Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2008
B.A., English, Wesleyan University, 1998

Dr Adams specializes in the literature, languages, and cultures of the Middle Ages, especially Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Medieval Latin, Irish, and Welsh. His recent work includes his first book project, Heroic Slaughter and Versified Violence: Sacrifice, Trauma, and Early Medieval Epic Poetry, which examines the crucial ways that sacrificial violence and trauma inform and structure early medieval literature. He has written on King Alfred, Old English and Carolingian poetry of war, Thomas Malory, medieval romance, Chaucer, and Beowulf, and published (with George Rigg) the first complete English translation of the ninth-century epic poem Bella Parisiacae urbis in the Journal for Medieval Latin. He is interested in the ways that the Middle Ages have served as inspiration for nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, and is also interested in fantastic literature generally, including science fiction, weird fiction, fantasy, and ‘nonsense' literature, and has developed an interest in games and game studies.


Dracontius. De laudibus Dei. Satisfactio. Romulea. Orestis Tragoedia. Carmina minora. Ed. and trans. Routledge Series in Later Latin Poetry. Routledge. Expected Fall 2014.

‘There's No Hideousness like Show Hideousness: Why Attempts at Fidelity have Ruined Beowulf', forthcoming in BADaptations, ed. I.Q. Hunter and Constantine Ververis. (2014).

‘An Immensity of Bitter Air: Sacrifice, Fate, and the North in The Wanderer's Necklace', forthcoming in Re-Reading Rider Haggard, ed. John Miller, (2014).

‘"He took a stone away": Castration and Cruelty in Sturlunga saga', in Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Larissa Tracy (Boydell & Brewer, 2013), pp. 261-91.

‘The Chivalric Quest: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', in The Hero's Quest, ed. Bernard Schweizer (Salem Press, 2012), pp. 148-64.

‘Butter-Spades, Footnotes, and Omnium: The Third Policeman as Pataphysical Fiction', Review of Contemporary Fiction, vol. XXXI, Flann O'Brien: Centenary Essays (Fall 2011), 106-19.

‘A Verse Translation of Abbo of St. Germain's Bella Parisiacae urbis', with A.G. Rigg, The Journal of Medieval Latin 14 (2004), 1-68.


The Year's Work in Old English Studies, Reviewer, 2009-. An on-going annual reviewer-position covering Anglo-Latin books and articles.

Aronstein, Susan. An Introduction to British Arthurian Narrative. Series: New Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012), for The Medieval Review, Summer 2013.

Old English Shorter Poems, Vol. 1: Religious and Didactic. Ed. Christopher A. Jones. Series: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012), for The Medieval Review, Spring 2013.