All of my scholarship deals in one way or another with the historicity of early English literature: its forms and cultural meanings, and how those are mediated by modern disciplinary study. My recent work examines the relationships among poetry, social power, and human experiences of time.

Eric Weiskott, English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History


Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650. In preparation.

Editor, with Irina Dumitrescu, The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019. In honor of Roberta Frank.

Editor, with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Chaucer’s Langland.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018): 237-389. An essay cluster.

English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Paperback 2019.

Articles and essays

“Charles d’Orléans’s English Metrical Phonology.” In Charles d’Orléans’s English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of “Fortunes Stabilnes”, ed. Mary-Jo Arn and R. D. Perry (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, under contract).

“The End of the Line? Alliterative Meter, Macaronic Style, and Piers Plowman.Studies in Philology (forthcoming).

English Political Prophecy and the Problem of Modernity.” postmedieval (forthcoming).

“The Exeter Book and the Idea of a Poem.” English Studies (forthcoming).

“The Idea of Bede in English Political Prophecy.” In Remembering the Present: Generative Uses of England’s Pre-Conquest Past, ed. Jay Paul Gates and Brian T. O’Camb (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Manley Hopkins’s Copy of Piers Plowman: Medievalism and Historicism.” Hopkins Quarterly (forthcoming).

with Irina Dumitrescu, “Introduction.” In The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History, ed. Dumitrescu and Eric Weiskott (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019), pp. 1-12.

“The Paris Psalter and English Literary History.” In The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History, ed. Irina Dumitrescu and Eric Weiskott (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019), pp. 107-34.

Puns and Poetic Style in Old English.” In Etymology and Wordplay in Medieval Literature: Poetry, Hypothesis, and Experience in the European Middle Ages, ed. Mikael Males (Turnhout: Brepols, 2019), pp. 191-211.

Alliterative Verse.” In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (2018) (commissioned). []

with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Introduction.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018): 237-44. For the “Chaucer’s Langland” essay cluster.

Multispectral Imaging and Medieval Manuscripts.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, ed. Jennifer E. Boyle and Helen J. Burgess (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 186-96. []

Alliterative Meter and English Literary History, 1700-2000.” ELH 84 (2017): 259-85. []

Early English Meter as a Way of Thinking.” Studia Metrica et Poetica 4 (2017): 41-65. []

The Ireland Prophecy: Text and Metrical Context.” Studies in Philology 114 (2017): 245-77. [] [companion website]

“William Langland’s Piers Plowman.” In Major Authors and Movements in British Literature, ed. Kirilka Stavreva, for the electronic resource Gale Researcher (2017) (commissioned). []

A New Text of the Marvels of Merlin.” Journal of the Early Book Society 19 (2016): 227-39. []

Alliterative Meter after 1450: The Vision of William Banastre.” In Early English Poetic Culture and Meter: The Influence of G. R. Russom, ed. Lindy Brady and M. J. Toswell (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2016), pp. 149-79. [] [companion website]

Before Prosody: Early English Poetics in Practice and Theory.” Modern Language Quarterly 77 (2016): 473-98. []

Grass-Bed: A Poetic Compound in the Alliterative Tradition.” Anglia 134 (2016): 587-603. []

Piers Plowman and the Durable Alliterative Tradition.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 123-73. []

Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts.” Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 21-41. []

Systematicity, a Missing Term in Historical Metrics.” Language and Literature 25 (2016): 328-42. []

Alliterative Metre and the Textual Criticism of the Gawain Group.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 29 (2015): 151-75. []

The Meter of Widsith and the Distant Past.” Neophilologus 99 (2015): 143-50. []

Old English Poetry, Verse by Verse.” Anglo-Saxon England 44 (2015): 95-130. []

Chaucer the Forester: The Friar’s Tale, Forest History, and Officialdom.” Chaucer Review 47 (2013): 323-36. []

Lawman, the Last Old English Poet and the First Middle English Poet.” In Laʒamon’s “Brut” and Other Medieval Chronicles: 14 essays, ed. Marie-Françoise Alamichel (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2013), pp. 11-57.

Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition.” Modern Philology 110 (2013): 441-58. []

Making Beowulf Scream: Exclamation and the Punctuation of Old English Poetry.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 111 (2012): 25-41. []

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“Alliterative Verse.” In The Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation).

“Meter and Metrics.” In The Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation).

A New Text of the Middle English Short Charter of Christ.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 478-80.

Antedatings of ‘the Dark Ages’.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 483-84.

The First Recorded References to ‘Blank Verse’.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 494-95.

Adam Scriveyn and Chaucer’s Metrical Practice.” Medium Ævum 86 (2017): 147-51. []

More Prophetic Piers Plowman.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 30 (2017): 133-36.

Saint Kenelm in an Imaginative Illustration.” Notes & Queries 64 (2017): 217-20.

A Postdating of throw ‘time’ in Twelfth Night.” Notes & Queries 63 (2016): 421-22 [].

An Overlooked Excerpt from Thomas of Erceldoune.” Notes & Queries 63 (2016): 18-19. []

An Oxymoron in Beowulf.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 29 (2016): 51-2. []

A Plea for Pronunciation.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22 (2015): 41-2.

Beowulf 2910a ‘leofes ond laðes’.” Notes & Queries 62 (2015): 188-90. []

Another New Fragment of Speculum Vitae.Journal of the Early Book Society 17 (2014): 352-55. []

Bawdyng, a Middle English Hapax Legomenon.” Notes & Queries 60 (2013): 24. []

OE lændagas in Beowulf 2341b.” Notes & Queries 60 (2013): 485-87. []

Three-Position Verses in Beowulf.Notes & Queries 60 (2013): 483-85. []

A Semantic Replacement for Kaluza’s Law in Beowulf.” English Studies 93 (2012): 891-96. []

OE Panther 74b ‘Þæt is æþele stenc’.” Notes & Queries 59 (2012): 5-6. []

Three Beowulf Cruces: healgamen, fremu, Sigemunde.” Notes & Queries 58 (2011): 3-7. []


Michael Calabrese, An Introduction to “Piers Plowman” (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016)Journal of English and Germanic Philology 117 (2018): 561-63. []

Cristina Maria Cervone and D. Vance Smith, eds., Readings in Medieval Textuality: Essays in Honour of A. C. Spearing (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016)The Medieval Review 18 October 2017. []

Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway, eds., The Cambridge Companion to “Piers Plowman” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)Speculum 91 (2016): 189-91. []

Leonard Neidorf, ed., The Dating of “Beowulf”: A Reassessment (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014)Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 788-90. []

Fiona Somerset and Nicholas Watson, eds., Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2015)Arthuriana 26 (2016): 152-55. []

Michael D. C. Drout, Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Evolutionary, Cognitivist Approach (New York: Palgrave, 2013)Speculum 90 (2015): 1108-10. []

Stephen Yeager, From Lawmen to Plowmen: Anglo-Saxon Legal Tradition and the School of Langland (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): 338-41. []

MLA papers

Punctuating Old English Poetry: Challenges and Strategies.” MLA Annual Convention, New York, 2018.

English Political Prophecy in the Welsh Marches, 1450-1650.” MLA Annual Convention, New York, 2018.

Quantity in the Alliterative Tradition.” MLA Annual Convention, Austin, 2016.

Real Formalism, Real Historicism.” MLA Annual Convention, Vancouver, 2015.