Emily V. Thornbury

Emily V. Thornbury

Associate Professor
434 Wheeler Hall
W 10-1, or by appointment



Title Fields
Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature
For the Anglo-Saxons, Latin was a language of choice that revealed a multitude of beliefs and desires about themselves as subjects, believers, scholars, and artists. In this groundbreaking collection, ten leading scholars explore the intersections between identity and Latin language and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. Ranging from the works of the Venerable Bede and St Boniface in the eighth c....
Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England
Combining historical, literary and linguistic evidence from Old English and Latin, Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England creates a new, more complete picture of who and what pre-Conquest English poets really were. It includes a study of Anglo-Saxon words for 'poet' and the first list of named poets in Anglo-Saxon England. Its survey of known poets identifies four social roles that poets often he....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

'Æthilwulf poeta.' In Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature, ed. Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. Pp. 54-72.

‘Lyric Form, Subjectivity, and Consciousness.’ In A Companion to British Literature, ed. Robert DeMaria Jr., Heesok Chang and Samantha Zacher. Vol. I. Oxford: Blackwell, 2013. Pp. 30-47.

'Building with the Rubble of the Past: The Old English Translator of the Gospel of Nicodemus and his Flawed Source.' In Anglo-Saxon Traces, ed. Jane Roberts and Leslie Webster. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2011. Pp. 297-318.

‘Ælfric’s Zoology.’ Neophilologus 92 (2008): 141-53.

‘Aldhelm’s Rejection of the Muses and the Mechanics of Poetic Inspiration in Early Anglo-Saxon England.' Anglo-Saxon England 36 (2007): 71-92.

‘“Ða Gregorius gamenode mid his wordum”: Old English Versions of Gregory’s Bilingual Puns.’ Leeds Studies in English 38 (2007): 17-30.

‘Admiring the Ruined Text: the Picturesque in Editions of Old English Verse.’ New Medieval Literatures 8 (2006): 215-44.

Christ and Satan: “Healing” Line 7.’ English Studies 87 (2006): 505-10.

Current Research

I've worked extensively on the role of poets and poetry in Anglo-Saxon England; my monograph on the topic, Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England, was published by Cambridge University Press in early 2014. New projects include work on ornament and aesthetics in early medieval England.

Recent English Courses Taught