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Heide R. Estes, Ph.D.


Interim Graduate Program Director for the M.A. in English

Graduate Faculty

Ph.D., New York University

B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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Courses this Semester
EN 443 History of the English Language
Regularly Taught Courses
EN 211 Environment and Pre-Modern Literature
EN 307 Middle English Literature
EN 405 Chaucer
EN 443 History of the English Language
EN 509 Middle English Literature
EN 563 Linguistics
PR 448 Ecocriticism and Medieval England
Research Interests

Old and Middle English language, literature and culture, with interest in gender theory and ecocriticism.

Old English Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Anglo-Saxon Environmental Imagination. Amsterdam University Press, 2017.
Old English Across the Curriculum: Contexts and Pedagogies. Ed. Hal Momma and Heide Estes. Special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. Vol 22, no. 2. Fall 2015.
Scholarly Articles

“Reading Ælfric in the Twelfth Century: Anti-Judaic Doctrine Becomes Anti-Judaic Rhetoric.” Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, ed. Samantha Zacher. University of Toronto Press, 2016: 265-297.

“Teaching Old English in History of the English Language.” In Old English Across the Curriculum: Contexts and Pedagogies, ed. Haruko Momma and Heide Estes. Special Issue, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.2 (Fall 2016): 25-29.

Beowulf and the Sea: An Ecofeminist Reading.” The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons, ed. Bill Schipper, Stacy Klein, and Shannon Lewis-Simpson (Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies 5). Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015: 209-216.

“Constructing the Old English Solomon and Saturn Dialogues.” English Studies 95.5 (July 2014): 483-499.

“Blogging and Academic Identity.” Literature Compass: E-medieval: Teaching, Research, and the Net 9.12 (December 2012): 974-982.

“Anglo-Saxon Biblical Lore: An Edition.” English Studies 93:6 (October 2012): 623-651.

“Raising Cain in Genesis and Beowulf: Challenges to Generic Boundaries in Anglo-Saxon Biblical Literature.” Heroic Age 13 (August 2010), unpaginated.

“Wonders and Wisdom: Anglo-Saxons and the East.” English Studies 91.4 (June 2010): 360 – 373.

“A Note on Solomon and Saturn I, lines 107b – 108a.” Notes and Queries 55: 3 (September 2008): 260 – 262.

“Abraham and the Northmen in Genesis A: Alfredian Translations and Ninth-Century Politics.” Medievalia et Humanistica 32 (2007): 1 – 13.

“Colonization and Conversion in Cynewulf’s Elene.” Conversion and Colonization in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Catherine Karkov and Nicholas Howe. Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies 2. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006. 133 – 151

“Feasting with Holofernes: Digesting Judith in Anglo-Saxon England.” Exemplaria 15.2 (Fall 2003): 325 – 350.

“Bertilak Reads Brut: History and the Complications of Sexuality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Essays in Medieval Studies 17 (2001): 65 – 79.


Gender, Disability and Jews in Old English Poetry: Intersections. Amsterdam University Press.

Medieval Ecocriticisms: Animals, Landscapes, Objects, and the Nature of the Human. Ed. Heide Estes. Amsterdam University Press.

“Medieval Weathers.” Medieval Ecocriticisms, vol. 1, no. 1, Amsterdam University Press, Spring 2020.

Medieval Ecocriticisms, Editor-in-Chief Heide Estes. Vol 2, no. 2, Amsterdam University Press, Fall 2020.

Additional Information

Co-Chair, Writing Committee
Chair, University Qualification Committee