Lecturer in English and the Council of the Humanities.
Website URL: www.princeton.edu/~sma/
Sarah M. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. As a fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, Anderson investigated early printed editions of the sagas from Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark, placing these editions in the context of contention for national identity. Before coming to Princeton, Anderson was a research fellow at The Arnamagnęan Institute at the University of Copenhagen, where she studied and edited Old Icelandic sagas; she also worked on the Dictionary of Old Norse Prose.
At Princeton, she is a member of the Department of English and the Council of the Humanities, teaching courses that are listed by the Medieval Studies and Comparative Literature programs. She specializes in early medieval language and literature, particularly in Old English, Old Norse and Old Icelandic, with strong secondary interests in textual criticism, Middle English literature, Arthuriana, and the modern afterlives of medieval literature. Anderson teaches courses on Old English language and literature, Middle English romance, Arthurian literature, Old Icelandic sagas, comparative study of early heroic literature, and medieval narratives of travel.
At present, Anderson is thinking through the value of “pitee” in Malory’s Morte Darthur, as part of a larger interest in the literary representation of emotions. But she is happily spending the summer of 2013 in “electrifying” the Old English poem Beowulf by way of a Digital Humanities Initiative for a course to be taught Fall term.