Robert D. Fulk

Robert D. Fulk

Class of 1964 Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, English

Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Germanic Studies

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  • Ph.D., English, University of Iowa, 1982
  • M.F.A., Fiction, University of Iowa, 1976
  • M.A., English, University of Chicago, 1974
  • B.A., English, Oakland University, 1973


R.D. Fulk is a medievalist and a linguist, specializing in Germanic (especially Old English and Old Icelandic) and Celtic languages and literatures, the history of the English language, and comparative Indo-European linguistics. Some particular areas of research are Old and Middle English dialectology, textual criticism, phonological and morphological change, and early Germanic metrics. With Robert E. Bjork and John D. Niles he has edited Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, fourth edition (Toronto, 2008; click here for supplementary materials), and with Christopher M. Cain he wrote A History of Old English Literature (Oxford, 2002; revised edition 2013). His completion of the late Richard M. Hogg's Grammar of Old English: Volume 2: Morphology was published by Wiley-Blackwell in January of 2011. His Introduction to Middle English: Grammar, Texts was published by Broadview Press in early 2012, and with Stefan Jurasinski, he completed an edition of the Old English Canons of Theodore, published by the Early English Text Society in 2012. In the latest volume (2013) of Skaldic Poetry in the Scandinavian Middle Ages, ed. Margaret Clunies Ross, Edith Marold, Guðrún Nordal, Diana Whaley, Tarrin Wills, and Kari Ellen Gade, 9 vols. (Turnhout, 2007-) appear his editions of works by Þormóðr Bersason Kolbrúnarskáld, Haraldr hárfagri, Þjóðólfr ór Hvini, Þorbjörn hornklofi, Gunnhildr konungamóðir, Hákon góði, Eyvindr Finnsson skaldaspillir, Þorkell klyppr Þórðarson, Sighvatr Þorðarson, as well as some anonymous compositions. Click here for the Skaldic Project Web site.

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