Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series


A new series focusing on all aspects of Anglo-Saxon history, culture, and literature. TASS features original monographs, essay collections, and critical editions of primary sources with translations and scholarly commentary. Works focus mainly though not exclusively in the areas of social history, myth and religion, prose and poetry, oral history, literacy, manuscript studies, art and material culture, law, entertainment, science and medicine, weapons and warfare.

General editor: Andy Orchard
University of Toronto Editorial board: Roberta Frank, Thomas N. Hall, Antonette diPaolo Healey, and Michael Lapidge

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Epistolary Acts: Anglo-Saxon Letters and Early English Media
Epistolary Acts: Anglo-Saxon Letters and Early English Media
By Jordan Zweck

In Epistolary Acts, Jordan Zweck examines the presentation of letters in early medieval vernacular literature, including hagiography, prose romance, poetry, and sermons on letters from heaven, moving beyond traditional genre study to offer a radically new way of conceptualizing Anglo-Saxon epistolarity.

Available Nov 2017
Compelling God: Theories of Prayer in Anglo-Saxon England
Compelling God: Theories of Prayer in Anglo-Saxon England
By Stephanie Clark

In Compelling God, Stephanie Clark examines the relationship between prayer, gift giving, the self, and community in Anglo-Saxon England.

Available Oct 2017
Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture
Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture
Edited by Susan Irvine and Winfried Rudolf

After decades of study dominated by adult gender studies, Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture rebalances our understanding of family life in the Anglo-Saxon era by reconstructing the lives of medieval children and adolescents through their literary representation.

Available Oct 2017
Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature
By Tristan Major

Undoing Babel is the first extensive examination of the development of the Babel narrative amongst Anglo-Saxon authors from late antiquity to the eleventh century.

Available Sep 2017
Biblical Epics in Late Antiquity and Anglo-Saxon England: Divina in Laude Voluntas
Biblical Epics in Late Antiquity and Anglo-Saxon England: Divina in Laude Voluntas
By Patrick McBrine

Biblical Epics in Late Antiquity and Anglo-Saxon England provides an accessible introduction to biblical epic poetry.

Available Jun 2017
England in Europe: English Royal Women and Literary Patronage, c.1000c.1150
England in Europe: English Royal Women and Literary Patronage, c.1000–c.1150
By Elizabeth Muir Tyler

In England in Europe, Elizabeth Tyler focuses on two histories: the Encomium Emmae Reginae, written for Emma the wife of the Æthelred II and Cnut, and The Life of King Edward, written for Edith the wife of Edward the Confessor.

Published Apr 2017
Inhabited Spaces: Anglo-Saxon Constructions of Place
Inhabited Spaces: Anglo-Saxon Constructions of Place
By Nicole Guenther Discenza

In Inhabited Spaces, Nicole Guenther Discenza examines a variety of Anglo-Latin and Old English texts to shed light on Anglo-Saxon understandings of space.

Published Jan 2017
Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Edited by Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury

In this groundbreaking collection, ten leading scholars explore the intersections between identity and Latin language and literature in Anglo-Saxon England.

Published Aug 2016
Imagining the Jew  in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture
Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture
Edited by Samantha Zacher

The thirteen essays in Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture examine visual and textual representations of Jews before 1066.

Published Jul 2016
Joinings: Compound Words in Old English Literature
Joinings: Compound Words in Old English Literature
By Jonathan Davis-Secord

The first comprehensive study of the use of compound words in Old English poetry, homilies, and philosophy, Joinings explores the effect of compounds on style, pace, clarity, and genre in Anglo-Saxon vernacular literature.

Published Apr 2016