Rachel Anderson

Associate Professor
Department of English

Language and Literature

212 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-8536
anderach@gvsu.edu

Rachel Anderson

Courses
ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre
ENG 220 British Literature I
ENG 313 British Literature: Shakespeare
ENG 321 British Literature: Medieval
ENG 340 Studies in Drama
ENG 362 History of the English Language
ENG 384 Literature of War
ENG 495 Language and Literature (Capstone)

Research Interests
My primary area of research is Anglo-Saxon hagiographic literature. In conjunction with early medieval religious writing, I am also interested in medieval political theory, especially advice manuals for kings. Other areas of interest include Shakespeare and Modern/Contemporary Drama. 

Recent Publications
“Saints’ Legends” in R.D. Fulk and Christopher M. Cain, A History of Old English Literature. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001: 87-105. Updated and Revised second edition, 2014.

“The Businessman Saint: Bishop Æthelwold in the Liber Eliensis” in John Ott and Trpimir Vedriš,  Saintly Bishops and Bishop’s Saints. Zagreb: Hagiotheca, 2012: 123-35.

Beowulf: Translated by Seamus Heaney” in The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present. Ed. Jim Persoon and Rob Watson. New York: Facts on File, 2008: 41-3.

“A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle,” in The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present. Ed. Jim Persoon and Rob Watson. New York: Facts on File, 2008: 136-7.

“Hugh MacDiarmid,” in The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 1900 to the Present. Ed. Jim Persoon and Rob Watson. New York: Facts on File, 2008: 297-8.

Review of Performances of the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, ed. Susanne Rupp and Tobias Do?ring, for Yearbook of Comparative & General Literature. 52 (2006, published in 2008): 193-198.

“The Old Testament Homily: Ælfric as Biblical Translator” in Precedence, Practice, and Appropriation: The Old English Homily. Ed. Aaron Kleist.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2007.

Recent Honors, Awards and Distinctions
Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) Seal of Excellence. Electronic Ælfric Project.  Core Team Member, Old English and IT Specialist.  Supported by an NEH Grant under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Kleist, Biola University.  http://www.rch.uky.edu/aelfric/index.html. Electronic publication 2010; print edition, Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming.

Education
B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University