Erik Carlson

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  • Ph.D. in English with a Minor in Medieval Studies from the University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University
  • B.A. in English from Truman State University

I am an associate professor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Writing.  I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, where I specialized in Anglo-Saxon studies and Germanic philology, writing on changes in the Old English vocabulary for fear under the influence of ecclesiastical Latin.  My research and teaching interests lie in the areas of medieval literature, historical linguistics, and English as a language; I am pleased to be teaching History and Development of the English Language as well as composition and literature courses. My current research project examines the depiction of fear and the use of fear vocabulary in the Old English and Latin accounts of St. Guthlac, a retired soldier and medieval hermit who is said to have defended his lonely hut against spectacular demonic assaults.


For more information see my Curriculum Vitae.