Chair, School of the Humanities
I’m a Professor of Literature and Chair of the School of the Humanities at FDU and have offices at both Florham (third floor of the Mansion) and Metro (lower level of Robison).
My degrees are from Princeton University (A.B. in French, with certificates in Medieval Studies and Theater and a thesis in Creative Writing), the Breton language Institute Stumdi (Formation linguistique aux métiers bilingues français-breton), University College Dublin (Higher Diploma in Early Irish Language and Literature), and Harvard University (A.M. and Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures; Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
I teach courses like British & European Literature I (from Homer to Montaigne/Shakespeare/Cervantes), Chaucer, Shakespeare, Myth and Sacred Texts, World Folk Literature, Irish Literature, Canadian Literature, and The English Language, and have taught independent studies on various literary topics as well as French and Latin language. Altogether I’ve studied some 18 languages, half modern and half ancient or medieval, with a focus on the Celtic languages: I’m always happy to hear from students who might want to study one of them. I would also love to hear from anyone interested in placing a Celtic Studies book with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
My research is mostly about the medieval literature of Britain, Ireland, and France, which I try to make accessible through translations as well as academic commentary. With Sarah-Jane Murray (Baylor), I translated The Medieval French Ovide moralisé (2023): more about that here. With Stacie Lents (FDU), I translated The Four Branches of the Mabinogi (2017). I’m finishing a new translation of the early Irish epic Táin bó Cúailnge, to be published in 2024 by Broadview Press. For more about my publications and current projects, see https://fdu.academia.edu/MBoyd.
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