Associate Professor Emeritus, Rhetoric and Celtic Studies
Office: 6405 Dwinelle
Spring 2018 Office Hours: By appointment
A.B. Harvard College (English, MCL) 1966
* Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Summer Session, 1969
Ph.D. Harvard University (Celtic Languages and Literatures) 1972
Teaching: Old and Middle Irish language and literature; History of the Celts, Celtic Culture; Celtic Folklore; Classical and Medieval Rhetoric; Oral and traditional narrative.
Research Interests: Medieval narrative; orality; Celtic philology.
Current Projects: Working on a book on St. Patrick’s rhetoric.
Index to the Corpus Juris Hibernici (six vols. ed. by D.A. Binchy); a computer-generated orthographic index to be published by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. [In Progress]
Sources and Analogues of Old English Poetry, Vol. 2, with D. Calder, R. Bjork, and P. Ford, (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1983).
Articles & Notes
“The Rhetoric of Patrick’s ‘Letter to the soldiers of Coroticus’,” in Proceeding of the 31st Annual Conference of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, (Colgate Univ. Press, 2010) forthcoming.
“Orality,” article in Encyclopedia of Library Information Sciences, ed. Marcia J. Bates (London: Taylor & Francis, 2010) forthcoming.
“On the Rhetoric of Martin Martin’s A Late Voyage to St. Kilda,” in Fèill-sgrìobhainn Uilleim MhicGill’Ìosa ed. by Abigail Burnyeat (Univ. of Edinburgh Press, 2010) forthcoming.
“Naked Men, Naked Humor, Naked Narrative?” in Narrative in Celtic Tradition, Celtic Studies Association of North America Yearbook, vols. 8-9, forthcoming, Spring 2010.
“Rereading Old English Elegy” in special issue of Anglo-Saxon, vol. III (2009) ed. by R. Flechner, forthcoming.
“Marking Up Cultural Materials for Time and Geography” by Fredric Gey, Ryan Shaw, Ray Larson, Michael Buckland, Barry Pateman and Daniel Melia. Proceedings of workshop on “Intelligent Access to Cultural Heritage,” Aarhus, Denmark, September 18, 2008.
“On the Form and Function of the ‘Old Irish’ Verse in the Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus,” in Heroic Poets and Poetic Heroes in Celtic Tradition, CSANA Yearbook, 4-5 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005) pp.283 290.
“Orality and Aristotle’s Aesthetics and Methods, Take #2,” in Oral Performance and its Contexts, ed. by C.J. Mackie [Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 5], (Leiden: Brill, 2004) pp. 117 128.
“Orality and Aristotle’s Aesthetics,” in New Directions in Oral Theory, ed. M. Amodio, (Tempe, MARTS, 2005) pp. 91 106
“Epic,” in Medieval Folklore, an Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs, ed. by C. Lindahl,
J. McNamara and J. Lindow, (ABC CLIO: 2000) pp. 277 281.
“Oral Theory,” in Medieval Folklore, an Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs, ed. by C. Lindahl, J. McNamara and J. Lindow, (ABC CLIO: 2000) pp. 730 734.
“Ulster Cycle,” in Medieval Folklore, an Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs, ed. by C. Lindahl, J. McNamara and J. Lindow, (ABC CLIO: 2000) pp. 1005 1007.
“Congruent Desires: Medieval and Modern Reconstructions of Irish and Welsh Literary Artifacts,” in Reinventing the Middle Ages, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1998.
“On the Origins of LU’s Marginal .r.” in A Celtic Florilegium, Essays in Memory of Brendan O’Hehir, Celtic Studies Publications, 1996.
“Further Remarks on Marginal .r.” Celtica XXI (1990) 332-37.
“A Poetic Klein Bottle,” in Celtic Language; Celtic Culture: A Festschrift for Eric Hamp (Los Angeles: Ford & Bailie, 1990) 187-98.
“St. Mary’s Abbey, Dublin,” Dictionary of the Middle Ages (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1988), Vol.10, pp. 619-20.
“A Computer-Assisted Index of the Corpus Juris Hibernici,” in Proceedings of the North American Congress of Celtic Studies, 1986 ed. by Gordon W. MacLennan (Ottawa: Univ. of Ottawa, 1987) pp. 133-56.