Andrew Scheil

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Toronto, 1996.
  • M.A. : English, University of Toronto, 1991.
  • B.A.: English and History, Rutgers University, Henry Rutgers Scholar, 1990.


  • Old English language and literature
  • literatures and cultures of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages
  • medieval Latin literature
  • Middle English literature
  • literary theory
  • traditions of exegesis, historiography and geography in the Middle Ages
  • science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literature
Courses Taught
  • Old English I
  • Old English II
  • Textual Analysis
  • Shakespeare
  • Monsters, Marvels and the Uncanny in the Western Tradition (honors)
  • Survey of Medieval English Literature
  • Medieval Hagiography
  • ENGL 1001 Introduction to Literature
  • Babylon Under Western Eyes: A Study of Allusion and Myth, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.)
  • “Courtly Love on Mars: E. R. Burroughs and the Medieval Lineage of Planetary Romance,”Medieval Science Fiction, ed. Carl Kears and James Paz, King’s College London Medieval Studies (London: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King’s College London, 2016), 201-216.
  • “Transition and Renewal: Jews and the Church Year in Anglo-Saxon England” in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, ed. Samantha Zacher (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), 108-127.
  • “Beowulf Handbooks and Guides,” Teaching Beowulf in the 21st Century, ed. Allen J. Frantzen, Howell D. Chickering, and R.F. Yeager (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2014).
  • “Sacred History and Old English Religious Poetry” in The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, 500-1150, ed. Clare Lees (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 406-26.
  • “Space and Place” in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. R. Trilling and J. Stodnick (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 197-213.
  • "Beowulf and the Emergent Occasion," Literary Imagination 11.1 (2009): 83-98.
  • "The Historiographic Dimensions of Beowulf,"Journal of English and Germanic Philology 107.3 (2008): 281-302.
  • The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004). Link
  • "Babylon and Anglo-Saxon England," Studies in the Literary Imagination 36.1 (2003): 37-58.
  • “Bodies and Boundaries in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt,”Neophilologus 84 (2000): 137-156.
  • “Anti-Judaism in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints,” Anglo-Saxon England 28 (1999): 65-86.
  • "Somatic Ambiguity and Masculine Desire in the Old English Life of Euphrosyne,”Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory and Medieval Studies 11.2 (1999): 345-61.
  • Donald V. Hawkins Professorship, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 2015 - 2018
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2007 - 2010
  • Solmsen Residential Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008 - 2009
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007 - 2008
  • John Nicholas Brown Prize (2008) of the Medieval Academy of America
  • Best First Book Prize (2005) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS)