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E. Gordon Whatley
Position: Professor (Retired), Queens College. English
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: Contact via email
Room Number: 4401
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Harvard University
Research Interests: Medieval literature; Old English, Middle English, medieval Latin, with emphasis on hagiographic texts, sources, and contexts.

Selected Publications:


  • “More Than a Female Joseph? The Sources of the Late Fifth-Century Passio Sanctae Eugeniae.” In Saints and Scholars: New Perspectives on Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture in Honour of Hugh Magennis. Ed. Stuart McWilliams (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012), 87-111.
  • “Pope Gregory and St. Austin of Canterbury in the Early South English Legendary.” In Rethinking the ‘South English Legendaries’: Ed. Heather Blurton and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011), 271-91.
  • “Textual Hybrids in the Transmission of the Passio S. Eugeniae (BHL 2666, 2667).”  Hagiographica: Rivista di agiografia e biografia (Florence, Italy), 18 (2011), 31-66.
  • “Hagiography and Violence: Military Men in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints.” In Source of Wisdom:  Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honor of Thomas D. Hill Ed. Charles D. Wright, with Frederick M. Biggs and Thomas N. Hall ( Toronto, Buffalo & London: U. of Toronto Press, 2007), 217-38.
  • Saints' Lives in Middle English Collections. Edited with Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2004.
  • "Acta Sanctorum" in Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture, Volume One: Abbo of Fleury, Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Près, Acta Sanctorum, ed. Frederick M. Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, Paul E. Szarmach, and E. Gordon Whatley (Medieval Institute Publications: Kalamazoo MI, 2001), pp. 22-548.
  • "Lost in Translation: Some Episodes in Old English Prose Saints' Lives" Anglo-Saxon England 26 (1997) 187-208.

  • "Late Old English hagiography, ca. 950-1150" in Guy Philippart, ed. Hagiographies: Histoire internationale de la littérature hagiographique, latine et vernaculaire, en Occident, des origines à 1550, vol 2 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1996), pp. 429-99.

  • The Saint of London: The Life and Miracles of St. Erkenwald (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 58: SUNY, Binghamton). 1989. 256 pp.

  • "Heathens and saints: St. Erkenwald in its legendary context," Speculum 61 (1986): 330-363.

  • "The uses of hagiography: the legend of Pope Gregory and the Emperor Trajan in the Middle Ages," Viator 15 (1984): 25-63.