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John D. Niles

Professor Emeritus of Humanities

University of Wisconsin –Madison


Professor Emeritus of English

University of California – Berkeley

1460 Riverside Ave.

Boulder CO 80304



Welcome to my personal home page. This site is meant to be of use to anyone interested in my background, interests, and career.


Curriculum Vitae offers an outline of my academic career, my teaching experience and specialties, my higher degrees, some awards I have received, and my professional affiliations.

Publications lists in six categories my books, editions, essays, and works in progress.

CURRENT NEWS (updated April 2019):

Since retiring from teaching at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011, I have remained active in research. Five books that I have authored or co-edited have appeared in print from 2011 to 2019.

God's Exiles and English Verse: On the Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry (University of Exeter Press, 2019). This is the first book-length critical study of the whole of the Exeter Book, the most important anthology of Old English poetry to have come down to us: its principles of design, its relationship of parts, its leading themes, its points of formal and stylistic interest, its probable makers and readers, and its possible uses in its time.

The Idea of Anglo-Saxon England 1066-1901: Remembering, Forgetting, Deciphering, and Renewing the Past (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) offers a comprehensive account of the history of Old English literary studies, and the idea of Anglo-Saxon England more generally, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. (See Publications for details about this publication and my others.)

Old English Literature: A Guide to Criticism with Selected Readings (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) analyzes changing trends in the critical reception of the literature of the Anglo-Saxons during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2016), co-edited by Stacy Klein, Jonathan Wilcox, and myself, grew out of a conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists that I hosted at Madison in 2011 while serving as president of that organization. The volume consists of new research by a number of distinguished art historians, archaeologists, and literary scholars.

The Genesis of Books: Studies in the Scribal Culture of Medieval England in Honor of A.N. Doane (Brepols, 2012), co-edited with Matthew Hussey, honors a distinguished former member of the UW-Madison Department of English and his contributions to Medieval Studies. The volume consists of new research by a number of leading experts in the early manuscript culture of England.

My next project is to finish volume 1 of a projected two-volume edition and translation of the complete corpus of Anglo-Saxon medical texts. To be titled 'The Old English Herbal, Lacnunga, and Other Texts', this volume is co-edited by the Italian scholar Maria D'Aronco and will appear in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.








Updated: April 2019