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Charles D. Wright

Emeritus Professor of Medieval Studies and English

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Old English, Hiberno-Latin, Manuscript Studies, Apocrypha


  • BA, Univ. of Alabama; MA and PhD, Cornell Univ.

Distinctions / Awards

  • Medieval Academy CARA Teaching Award, 2104



  • Anglo-Saxon Manscripts in Microfiche Facsimile, vol. 24: Manuscripts in Germany and Austria. . Tempe: MRTS, 2015.
  • The Irish Tradition in Old English Literature. . Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993.

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Book Contributions

  • "“De plasmatione Adam"." The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. . Turnhout: Brepols, 2018. 941-1003.

  • Wright, Charles D. "The Fate Lot’s Wife: A Canterbury School Gloss in Genesis A." Old English Philology: Studies in Honour of R.D. Fulk. . Ed. Leonard Neidorf. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2016. 298-310.

  • Wright, Charles D. "Jewish Magic and Christian Miracle in Andreas." Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon England. . Ed. Samantha Zacher. Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2016. 167-93.

  • "Salzburg Museum 2163: A Salzburg Miscellany and the Circle of Alcuin." Fruits of Learning: The Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early Middle Ages. . Leuven: Peeters, 2016. 161-93.

  • Wright, Charles D. "The Interim State of Souls in Early Irish Literature." The End and Beyond: Medieval Irish Eschatology. . Ed. John Carey. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2014. 309-96.

  • "“From Monks’ Jokes to Sages’ Wisdom: The Joca monachorum Tradition and the Irish Imacallam in dá Thúarad"." Spoken and Written Language: Relations between Latin and the Vernacular in the Earlier Middle Ages. . Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. 441-453.

  • "Genesis A ad litteram." Old English Literature and the Old Testament. . Ed. Michael Fox and Manish Sharma. Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2012. 121-71.

  • Wright, Charles D. "“From Monks’ Jokes to Sages’ Wisdom: The Joca monachorum Tradition and the Irish Imacallam in dá Thúarad"." Spoken and Written Language: Relations between Latin and the Vernacular in the Earlier Middle Ages. . Ed. Mary Garrison and Marco Mostert. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. 199-225.

  • Wright, Charles D. "“Rewriting (and Re-Editing) the Apocalypse of Thomas"." Écritures et réécritures: La reprise interprétative des traditions fondatrices par la littérature biblique et extra-biblique. . Ed. Claire Clivaz. Leuven: Peeters, 2012. 441-53.

  • "Vercelli Homily XV and The Apocalypse of Thomas." New Readings in the Vercelli Book. . Ed. Samantha Zacher and Andy Orchard. Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2009. 151-84.

  • "Old English Homilies and Latin Sources." Precedent, Practice, and Appropriation: The Old English Homily. . Ed. Aaron J. Kleist. Turnhout: Brepols, 2008. 15-66.

  • ""Why Sight Holds Flowers: An Apocryphal Source for the Iconography of the Alfred Jewel and Fuller Brooch." Text, Image, Interpretation. . Ed. Virginia Blanton and Helene Scheck. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007. 169-86.

  • "The Prouerbia Grecorum, the Norman Anonymous, and the Early Medieval Ideology of Kingship: Some New Manuscript Evidence." Insignis Sophiae Arcator: Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Michael Herren. . Ed. Gernot Wieland and Carin Ruff. Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2006. 193-215.

  • "The Persecuted Church and the Mysterium Lunae: Cynewulf’s Ascension, ll. 252b-272 (Christ II, ll. 691b-711)." Latin Learning and English Lore. . Ed. Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe and Andy Orchard. Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2005. 293-314.

  • "Additions to the Bobbio Missal: De dies malus and Joca monachorum (ff. 6r-8v)." The Bobbio Missal. . Ed. Yitzhak Hen and Rob Meens. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004. 79-139.

  • "Some New Versions of The Apocalypse of Thomas and Their Significance for the Old English Versions." Apocryphal Texts and Traditions in Anglo-Saxon England. . Ed. Kathryn Powell and Donald G. Scragg. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003. 27-64.

  • "A New Latin Source for Two Old English Homilies (Fadda I and Blickling I): Pseudo-Augustine, Sermo App. 125 and the Ideology of Chastity in the Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Reform." Source of Wisdom. . Ed. Charles D. Wright, Frederick M. Biggs, and Thomas N. Hall. 2002. 239-65.

  • "More Old English Poetry in Vercelli Homily XXI." Early Medieval Texts and Interpretations. . Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002. 245-62.

  • "The Old English ‘Macarius’ Soul-and-Body Homily, Vercelli Homily IV, and Ephraem the Syrian’s De paenitentia." Via Crucis. . Ed. Thomas N. Hall. 2002. 210-34.

  • "Vercelli Homilies XI-XIII and the Benedictine Reform: Tailored Sources and Implied Audiences." Preacher, Sermon and Audience in the Middle Ages. . Ed. Carolyn Muessig. Leiden: Brill, 2002. 203-27.

Edited Books

  • Fresco, Karen, and Charles D. Wright. Translating the Middle Ages. . Ashgate, 2012.

  • Wright, Charles D., Frederick M. Biggs, and Thomas N. Hall. Source of Wisdom: Old English and Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill. . Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2007.

  • Hall, Thomas N., Thomas D. Hill, and Charles D. Wright. Via Crucis: Studies in Medieval Sources and Ideas in Memory of J. E. Cross. . Morgantown: West Virginia Univ. Press, 2002.

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Journal Articles

  • "The Confirmation of the Angels in Old English Literature." Medium Ævum 85.2 (2017): 22-37.
  • Wright, Charles D., and Stephen Pelle. "“The ‘Alphabet of Words’ in the Durham Collectar: An Edition with Two New Manuscript Witnesses"." Traditio 72 (2017): 61-108.
  • "6 Ezra and The Apocalypse of Thomas. With A Previously Unedited ‘Interpolated’ Text of Thomas." Apocrypha 26 (2015): 9-55.
  • "More Latin Sources for the Old English ‘Three Utterances’ Homilies." Mediaeval Studies 17 (2015): 45-79.
  • "An Old English Formulaic System and Its Contexts in Cynewulf’s Poetry." Anglo-Saxon England 40 (2011): 151-73.
  • "A Doomsday Passage in an Old English Homily for Lent, Revisited." Anglia 128 (2010): 28-47.
  • "Bischoff’s Theory of Irish Exegesis and the Genesis Commentary in Munich clm 6302: A Critique of a Critique." Journal of Medieval Latin Studies 10 (2000): 115-75.

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