Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Charles D. Wright

Professor of English and Medieval Studies

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Selected Publications


  • The Irish Tradition in Old English Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993.

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Book Contributions

  • "Genesis A ad litteram." Old English Literature and the Old Testament. Ed. Michael Fox and Manish Sharma. Toronto: Toronto Univ. Press, 2012. 121-71.
  • "Old English Homilies and Latin Sources." Precedent, Practice, and Appropriation: The Old English Homily. Ed. Aaron J. Kleist. Turnhout: Brepols, 2008. 15-66.
  • "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.
  • ""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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "More Old English Poetry in Vercelli Homily XXI." Early Medieval Texts and Interpretations. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002. 245-62.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • 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.

Edited Books

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

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Journal Articles

  • "An Old English Formulaic System and Its Contexts in Cynewulf’s Poetry." Anglo-Saxon England 40 (2011): 151-73.
  • "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.
  • "A Doomsday Passage in an Old English Homily for Lent, Revisited." Anglia 128 (2010): 28-47.