Benjamin saltzman2

Benjamin A. Saltzman

Ph.D. Candidate, English and Medieval Studies
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellow
Office Hours: By appointment

Professional Statement

I study the literatures of Anglo-Saxon England (Old English and Anglo-Latin) with particular interest in medieval law and monasticism, exegesis and the history of hermeneutics (both medieval and modern), paleography and codicology, and critical theory. My dissertation explores the tensions between the medieval Christian belief in divine omniscience and the human experience of secrecy and concealment in the law, monasticism, and literature of early medieval England.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


— “Towards the Middle Ages to Come: The Temporalities of Walking with W. Morris, H. Adams, and Especially H. D. Thoreau,” postmedieval 5.2 (2014): Advance Online Publication. Download Article and Abstract

—   "The Mind, Perception and the Reflexivity of Forgetting in Alfred’s Pastoral Care,” Anglo-Saxon England 42 (2013): 147-82. Download Article and Abstract.

—   “Writing Friendship, Mourning the Friend in Late Anglo-Saxon Rules of Confraternity,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 41.2 (2011): 251-91. Download Article and Abstract
Best Article Prize, Honorable Mention, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2013)

—   “William Morris’s ‘Golden Wings’ as a Poetic Response to the ‘Delicate Sentiment’ of Tennyson’s ‘Mariana,’” Victorian Poetry 49.3 (2011): 285-99. Download Article.



—  “Spiritual Secrecy and the Regulation of Secrets in Anglo-Saxon Monasticism,” Columbia University, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (12 November 2012)



—  “Imitation and Style: The Promise of Comparison in the Case of Aldhelm, ‘Aldhelm,’ and B.” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2013) Special Session: “New Comparative Approaches to Anglo-Saxon Literature”

—  “Local Connections: Micro-Comparison and the Imitation of Aldhelm,” “Connected Worlds: New Approaches Across Pre-modern Studies,” International Comparative Studies Conf., Inst. of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (2013)

—  “Alia creatura, ut ukofb: Interpreting Riddles with Riddles in CUL Gg. 5. 35,” EGA Colloquium, UC Berkeley (2012)

—   “To Erase: The Case of Chaucer’s Friar and Summoner,” Eighteenth Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, Portland, OR (2012), Special Session: “Filler, Content, and the Interpretation of Medieval Books”

—   “The Reflexivity of Forgetting in Alfred’s Pastoral Care,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI (2011), Special Session: “Cognitive Approaches to the Middle Ages”

For complete list, see CV.

Current Research


My dissertation, “Holding the Sacred: Discourses of Secrecy and Concealment in Early Medieval England (600-1100),” investigates how the pervasive belief in divine omniscience influenced Anglo-Saxon legal, monastic, and literary conceptions of secrecy and governed the human experience of concealment.


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