Roberta Frank

Marie Borroff Professor of English

Address: LC 302
Phone: 203-432-2238
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On leave Fall 2014

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 1968
B.A., English and Comparative Literature, New York University, 1962

My research and teaching focus on all aspects (literary, historical, archaeological) of early England and Scandinavia, but I also belong to that crypto-group of poetry people attracted to verse of all periods and places. Looking back, I see that most of my essays have had a polemical purpose, exploring the hidden expressive powers of literatures that were new more than a millennium ago.


-- Old Norse Court Poetry (1978)

--“Some Uses of Paronomasia in Old English Scriptural Verse” (1972)

--“The Beowulf Poet’s Sense of History” (1982)

--“Viking Atrocity and Skaldic Verse: The Rite of the Blood-Eagle” (1984)

--“Germanic Legend in Old English Literature” (1991)

--“Beowulf and Sutton Hoo: The Odd Couple” (1992)

--“The Search for the Anglo-Saxon Oral Poet” (1993)

--“The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Philologist” (1997)

--“The Invention of the Viking Horned Helmet” (2000)

--“The Discreet Charm of the Old English Weak Adjective” (2003)

-- "A Scandal in Toronto: The Dating of Beowulf a Quarter-Century On" (2007)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Major English Poets; Old English; Chronicles of the Vikings

GRADUATE COURSES: Introduction to Old English; Beowulf; Old Norse; Directed Reading in Advanced Old English and Old Norse