Calvin B Kendall

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1966.
  • M.A.: English, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1961.
  • B.A.: English, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1956.


  • Beowulf
  • Middle English language and literature
  • Old English language and literature
  • Venerable Bede
  • Medieval Latin
Courses Taught
  • EngL 1020 - Introduction to Medieval Studies
  • EngL 3111 - Survey of English Literature--The Beginning to 1603
  • EngL 5211 - Old English (Anglo-Saxon)
  • EngL 5212 - Readings in Old English Prose and Verse
  • EngL 5213 - Beowulf
  • EngL 8050/MeSt 5610 - Romanesque Aesthetics--The Allegory of the Church
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Acting Chair, Department of English, University of Minnesota: 1976
  • Acting Director, Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota: 1989
  • Assistant Chair, Department of English, University of Minnesota: 1974 - 1977
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Program in Germanic Philology, University of Minnesota: 1989 - 1990
  • Bede: On the Nature of Things and On Times. Kendall, Calvin, Faith Wallis, Liverpool University Press, Co-Author, 2010.
  • Conversion to Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Modern Ages: Considering the Process in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Kendall, Calvin, Oliver Nicholson, William D. Phillips, Jr., Marguerite Ragnow, University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern History, Co-Editor, 2009.
  • Bede: On Genesis. Kendall, Calvin, Liverpool University Press, Author, 2008.
  • The Allegory of the Church: Romanesque Portals and Their Verse Inscriptions. Kendall, Calvin, University of Toronto Press, Author, 1998.
  • Voyage to the Other World: The Legacy of Sutton Hoo, Medieval Studies at Minnesota 5. Kendall, Calvin, Peter Wells, University of Minnesota Press, Co-Editor, 1992.
  • The Metrical Grammar of Beowulf. Kendall, Calvin, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 5, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • Bede's Art of Poetry and Rhetoric: The Latin Text with an English Translation, Introduction, and Notes. Kendall, Calvin, Bibliotheca Germanica, series nova 2, Saarbrucken AQ-Verlag, 1991.
  • "Bede and Islam": Kendall, Calvin, Ashgate, Bede and the Future, 93-114, 2014.
  • "Bede and Education": Kendall, Calvin, Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Companion to Bede, 99-112, 2010.
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota
  • College of Liberal Arts Scholars of the College, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1988
  • McKnight Research Award
  • Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1988