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Sharon Rowley

Sharon Rowley


McMurran Hall 209
(757) 594-8874


  • Ph D in Old English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
  • MA in English, University of Chicago
  • BA in English, Temple University


Old and Middle English language and literature, Arthurian romance, dream visions, textual culture, early modern drama.


The Old English version of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica, early English manuscripts, textual culture, Old and Middle English language and literature, Arthurian romance, dream visions, Shakespeare.


Dr. Sharon M. Rowley is Professor of English. Her scholarly interests include the reception and transmission of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica in the Middle Ages, Old and Middle English manuscripts and textuality, Old English prose, anonymous homilies and otherworldly visions. She has published articles on all of these topics, including ‘Textual Studies, Gender and Performance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, The Chaucer Review 38.2 (2003) and ‘Bede and the Northern Kingdoms’, The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature, ed. Clare Lees, 2012. Her book, The Old English Version of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica, was published by D.S. Brewer in 2011. She is currently working on a new critical edition of the Old English version of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica with Greg Waite (Otago, NZ), with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, CNU. (2013)
  • Book Review
    (2018). Review of Conor O'Brien, Bede's Temple: An Image and its Interpretation. Northern History. Volume, 54. Issue, 2. Pages, 4.
  • Encyclopedia Article
    (2017). Bede. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature. Pages, 7.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2015). The Long Ninth Century: The Prose of King Alfred's Reign. Oxford Research Reviews.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2013). "Bede and the Northern Kingdoms". Cambridge University Press. Pages, 10,000 words.
  • Book, Scholarly-Revised
    The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica. Boydell and Brewer, LTD. Pages, 383.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2009). “The Role and Function of Otherworldly Visions in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum”. Peeters Publishers. Pages, 163-181.
  • Sharon Rowley, King's College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, "“Indeterminate Bones and Elemental Miracles in Early Medieval England”," King's College London. (2018)
  • Sharon Rowley, Stanford Text Technologies Fourth Annual Collegium: Celebrating Parker 2.0, "Digitization as Translation," Stanford University. (2018)
  • Sharon Rowley, Winchester: An Early Medieval Royal City, "“Constructing Early Medieval Winchester: Historical Narratives and the Compilation of British Library Cotton Otho B.xi”," Winchester, England. (2017)
  • Sharon Rowley, Greg Waite, Carol Wyvill, "An Edition of the Old English Translation of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica," Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities

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