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Edward Christie

Associate Professor

Ph.D., West Virginia University


Medieval Literature


Eddie Christie specializes in Old English language and literature. His research focuses on representations of writing and literacy in Anglo-Saxon literature. His main research project, a monograph tentatively titled Mystic Writing and the Science of the Letter in Anglo-Saxon Literature shows how such literary representations, unfolding within a wider Christian metaphorics of writing, suggest both curiosity and concern about the materiality of signs. This project was funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Stipend during Summer 2007. He teaches undergraduate courses in the History of the English Language, Medieval Literature, and Medievalism in Popular Culture. At the graduate level he teaches the History of the English Language, Medieval Rhetoric, Old English, and Beowulf.


“By Means of a Secret Alphabet: Dangerous Letters and the Semantics of gebregdstafas(Solomon and Saturn I 2b)”. Forthcoming in Modern Philology 109.2 (2011).

“Writing in Wax, Writing in Water.” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies. Special Issue on “Becoming-media”. Ed. Martin Foys and Jen Boyle. Forthcoming Spring 2012.

“Writing.” A Handbook to Anglo-Saxon Studies Ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée Trilling.Oxford: Blackwell, 2011. Forthcoming.

“Self-mastery and Submission: Holiness and Masculinity in the Lives of Anglo-Saxon Martyr-Kings.” Holiness and Masculinity in Medieval Europe. Ed. Patricia Cullum and Katherine Lewis. Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2004. 143-157.

“The Image of the Letter: From the Anglo-Saxons to the Electronic Beowulf.” Culture, Theory, and Critique 44.2 (2003): 129-150.