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Dr. Erik Wade


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I received my PhD from Rutgers University, and I specialize in medieval English literature and the history of sexuality. My book project, Lie Back and Think of England: Sexuality, Race, and National Identity in Early Medieval English Literature, explores how authors in the British Isles from approximately 500-1000 AD used sexual practices to signal racial belonging, and to construct social and spiritual hierarchies that could be used for consolidating English identity. By tracing how early medieval writers depicted race as essential (though not necessarily embodied or visible) group differences, I reveal how race and sexuality ultimately became categories inseparable from that of nation. My project shows that the earliest English literature used depictions of sexual practices, including sodomy, adultery, masturbation, wet dreams, and chastity, to construct racial differences rooted in a straightforward binary between an emergent (Christian) English self and an immoral, sexualized (usually pagan) Other.


PhD., English, Rutgers University (2018)
M.A., English, University of Oregon (2011)
B.A., English and History, SUNY Oswego (2009)




Lie Back and Think of England: Sexuality, Race, and National Identity in Early Medieval English Literature.



Ower Felaws Blake: Blackface, Race, and Muslim Conversion in the Digby Mary Magdalene,” — Exemplaria, 42 pp – Accepted with revisions.


Pater Don't Preach: Byzantine Theology, Female Sexuality, and Histories of Global Encounter in the Paenitentiale Theodori,” The Medieval Globe 4.2, 34 pp (forthcoming, 2018).


“Language, Letters, and Augustinian Origins in the Old English Poetic Solomon and Saturn I,” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 117.2, 160-184 (April 2018).



“Historicism and Its Discontents.” Burn After Reading: Tiny Manifestos for a Future Post/medieval Studies + The Future We Want, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Eileen Joy, and Myra Seaman, Punctum Books, 2014, 113-18.



Medieval literature and culture; Old and Middle English literature; the global Middle Ages; the history of the English language; eroticism and sexuality; queer theory; women’s and gender studies; critical race theory; postcolonial theory; poetry and poetics; critical theory.



·         Lane Cooper Dissertation Completion Fellowship, New York Community Trust (2017 – 2018)

·         Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University (2015)



·         International Society of Anglo-Saxonists

·         Modern Language Association

·         Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

·         The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium

·         The BABEL Working Group