University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Andrew Scheil

Andrew Scheil

English Department 310E LindH 207 Church Street SE


  • Old English language and literature
  • literatures and cultures of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages
  • medieval Latin literature
  • Middle English literature
  • literary theory
  • traditions of exegesis, historiography and geography in the Middle Ages
  • science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literature

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, University of Toronto, 1996.
  • M.A. : English, University of Toronto, 1991.
  • B.A.: English and History, Rutgers University, Henry Rutgers Scholar, 1990.


  • Babylon Under Western Eyes: A Study of Allusion and Myth, book in progress.
  • “Beowulf Handbooks and Guides,” Teaching Beowulf in the 21st Century, ed. Allen J. Frantzen, Howell D. Chickering, and R.F. Yeager (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming 2013).
  • “Sacred History and Old English Religious Poetry” in The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, 500-1150, ed. Clare Lees (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 406-26.
  • “Space and Place” in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. R. Trilling and J. Stodnick (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 197-213.
  • "Beowulf and the Emergent Occasion," Literary Imagination 11.1 (2009): 83-98.
  • "The Historiographic Dimensions of Beowulf," Journal of English and Germanic Philology 107.3 (2008): 281-302.
  • The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004). Link
  • "Babylon and Anglo-Saxon England," Studies in the Literary Imagination 36.1 (2003): 37-58.
  • “Bodies and Boundaries in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt,” Neophilologus 84 (2000): 137-156.
  • “Anti-Judaism in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints,” Anglo-Saxon England 28 (1999): 65-86.
  • "Somatic Ambiguity and Masculine Desire in the Old English Life of Euphrosyne,” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory and Medieval Studies 11.2 (1999): 345-61.


  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2007 - 2010
  • Solmsen Residential Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008 - 2009
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007 - 2008
  • John Nicholas Brown Prize (2008) of the Medieval Academy of America
  • Best First Book Prize (2005) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS)

Courses Taught

  • Old English I
  • Old English II
  • Textual Analysis
  • Shakespeare
  • Monsters, Marvels and the Uncanny in the Western Tradition (honors)
  • Survey of Medieval English Literature
  • Medieval Hagiography
  • ENGL 1001 Introduction to Literature
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