Benjamin A. Saltzman

Benjamin A. Saltzman

Ph.D. Candidate, English and Medieval Studies
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellow
Office Hours: By appointment


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


— “Towards the Middle Ages to Come: The Temporalities of Walking with W. Morris, H. Adams, and Especially H. D. Thoreau,” postmedieval 5.2 (2014): Advance Online Publication. Download Article and Abstract

—   "The Mind, Perception and the Reflexivity of Forgetting in Alfred’s Pastoral Care,” Anglo-Saxon England 42 (2013): 147-82. Download Article and Abstract.

—   “Writing Friendship, Mourning the Friend in Late Anglo-Saxon Rules of Confraternity,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41.2 (2011): 251-91. Download Article and Abstract
Best Article Prize, Honorable Mention, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2013)

—   “William Morris’s ‘Golden Wings’ as a Poetic Response to the ‘Delicate Sentiment’ of Tennyson’s ‘Mariana,’” Victorian Poetry 49.3 (2011): 285-99. Download Article.



—  “Spiritual Secrecy and the Regulation of Secrets in Anglo-Saxon Monasticism,” Columbia University, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (12 November 2012)



—  “Imitation and Style: The Promise of Comparison in the Case of Aldhelm, ‘Aldhelm,’ and B.” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2013) Special Session: “New Comparative Approaches to Anglo-Saxon Literature”

—  “Local Connections: Micro-Comparison and the Imitation of Aldhelm,” “Connected Worlds: New Approaches Across Pre-modern Studies,” International Comparative Studies Conf., Inst. of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (2013)

—  “Alia creatura, ut ukofb: Interpreting Riddles with Riddles in CUL Gg. 5. 35,” EGA Colloquium, UC Berkeley (2012)

—   “To Erase: The Case of Chaucer’s Friar and Summoner,” Eighteenth Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Portland, OR (2012), Special Session: “Filler, Content, and the Interpretation of Medieval Books”

—   “The Reflexivity of Forgetting in Alfred’s Pastoral Care,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2011), Special Session: “Cognitive Approaches to the Middle Ages”

For complete list, see CV.

Current Research


My dissertation, “Holding the Sacred: Discourses of Secrecy and Concealment in Early Medieval England (600-1100),” investigates how the pervasive belief in divine omniscience influenced Anglo-Saxon legal, monastic, and literary conceptions of secrecy and governed the human experience of concealment.


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