Anthony J. Adams

Faculty Member

Box 5265

Phone: 207-859-5265
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5265 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Office Hours:
Tu-Th: 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Adams, Anthony J.

Education

Ph.D. University of Toronto
M.A. University of Toronto
B.A. Wesleyan University

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle English
  • Old English
  • Medieval Latin
  • Old Norse
  • History of the English Language
  • Trauma theory
  • Poetic difficulty
  • Medieval Irish and Welsh
  • Horror fiction
  • Things and object-oriented studies; simulacra
  • Games and Game Studies

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
EN492AMedieval Latin

Professional Information

Anthony Adams (B.A. Wesleyan; M.A., Ph.D. Toronto) is Visiting Assistant Professor of English, specializing in medieval languages and literatures. He is working on his first book which examines sacrifice and violence in Middle English poetry. His past courses have examined outlaws, violence and sacrifice, trauma theory, memory studies, animality, history of the English language, the Otherworld, Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, Medieval Latin, and horror fiction. Other interests of his include poetic difficulty, literary games and follies, cultural studies, aesthetics, and holidays. He has written on Old English and Carolingian poetry of war, Medieval Latin, Thomas Malory, the Middle English Charlemagne romances, Norse sagas, Chaucer, and Beowulf, and published (with A.G. Rigg) the first complete English translation and commentary of the ninth-century epic Latin poem Bella Parisiacae urbis in the Journal for Medieval Latin.

Current Research

The Succor of Horror: Sacrifice, Trauma, and Narrative in the Middle Ages

Discors machina: Epic and Sacrifice in Anglo-Carolingian Poetry of War

The Traumatic Landscape of Memory in Pearl

Building, Dwelling, Hovering, Recovering: Medieval Landscapes in Geoffrey Hill, Basil Bunting, and John Montague

Beowulf, Bullfighting, and Samurai Cinema

Publications

The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Special Centenary Issue: Flann O’Brien, guest editors Neil Murphy & Keith Hopper, XXXI (Fall 2011)
'Butter-Spades, Footnotes, and Omnium: The Third Policeman as Pataphysical Fiction'

Recent Talks

The Architecture of Immolation: Beowulf, Heorot, and Sacrificial Space

Horror in the Classroom: Some Insights and Lessons from Teaching a Course on Horror Fiction

Discors machina: Trauma, Grotesquerie, and Chaos in Medieval Literature of War

Gazing at Calamity: Wounds, Words, and Things in the Middle Ages Torn Testimony: Speaking and Dwelling in the Old English “Book” Riddles

‘Literary Games, Nonsense, and Follies’, invited speaker, Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society, Brown University, April 8 2011

Session moderator, ‘Landscape through Texts and Readers: Liminal Spaces’, New England Medieval Studies Graduate Colloquium, March 5 2011

‘The Succor of Horror: Finding Pleasure in Pain in the Middle Ages’, Invited conference speaker, Dancing with Death: Warfare, Wounds, and Disease in the Middle Ages, California University of Pennsylvania, October 2010

‘The Scars that Won’t Heal Your Eyes: Scapegoat and Sacrifice in the Old English Daniel’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

Session organizer, ‘Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Hydraulic to the Daemonic’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

Session presider, ‘Crossing Borders: Hybridity and Hegemony in Post-Conquest England’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

Recent Talks

The Architecture of Immolation: Beowulf, Heorot, and Sacrificial Space

Horror in the Classroom: Some Insights and Lessons from Teaching a Course on Horror Fiction

Discors machina: Trauma, Grotesquerie, and Chaos in Medieval Literature of War

Gazing at Calamity: Wounds, Words, and Things in the Middle Ages Torn Testimony: Speaking and Dwelling in the Old English “Book” Riddles

‘Literary Games, Nonsense, and Follies’, invited speaker, Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society, Brown University, April 8 2011

Session moderator, ‘Landscape through Texts and Readers: Liminal Spaces’, New England Medieval Studies Graduate Colloquium, March 5 2011

‘The Succor of Horror: Finding Pleasure in Pain in the Middle Ages’, Invited conference speaker, Dancing with Death: Warfare, Wounds, and Disease in the Middle Ages, California University of Pennsylvania, October 2010

‘The Scars that Won’t Heal Your Eyes: Scapegoat and Sacrifice in the Old English Daniel’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

Session organizer, ‘Medieval Automata and Simulacra: From the Hydraulic to the Daemonic’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

Session presider, ‘Crossing Borders: Hybridity and Hegemony in Post-Conquest England’, 45th International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2010

 


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