Joshua Byron Smith is an Assistant Professor of English and the Associate Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. His research concerns the multilingual literary culture of high medieval Britain, with particular attention to Latin, Anglo-Norman French, Old and Middle English, and Welsh. He is especially interested in discovering networks of textual exchange between Wales and England, and in studying the English-language writing of the long-twelfth century (c.1066-1215). Professor Smith’s research also extends to Welsh-language material in North America. Overall, his research argues for a vision of medieval British literature that is diverse, transnational, and resolutely multilingual. He is currently a Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School.
Prof. Smith teaches courses on a wide range of medieval topics. He welcomes students interested in working on any aspect of medieval literature.
Introduction to Old English
Heroes and Monsters of the North Sea
The Literature of the First English Empire
British Literature I
Introduction to Middle Welsh
Introduction to Middle Welsh
Introduction to Old High German
Introduction to Old French
History of the English Language
Ph.D., English, Northwestern University
B.A., English, Classics, and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Walter Map and the Matter of Britain. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2017.
An Introduction to Middle Welsh. Will be the first introduction to Middle Welsh, forty-five chapters of graded readings, grammar lessons, and edited excerpts of Middle Welsh literature. Under contract with Catholic University of America Press.
A Companion to Geoffrey of Monmouth. Edited with Georgia Henley. Fothcoming, 2020.
Articles and Chapters
“The Chronicle of Gregory of Caerwent.” Forthcoming in The Chronicles of Medieval Wales and the March: New Contexts, Studies and Texts. Edited by Ben Guy, Georgia Henley, Owain Wyn Jones, and Rebecca Thomas. Brepols Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols).
“Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and the Anglo-Saxon Past of Lydbury North.” Forthcoming in Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic. Edited by Georgia Henley and Joseph McMullen, 19pp. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
“Til þat he ne?ed ful neghe into þe Norþe Walez: Gawain’s Postcolonial Turn.” The Chaucer Review 51, no. 3 ( July 2016): 295-309.
“Fouke le Fitz Waryn.” In The French of England: Vernacular Literary Theory and Practices of Medieval England, 1130-1450. Edited by Jocelyn Wogan-Brown, Thelma Fenster, and Delbert Russell, 293-302. Boydell and Brewer, 2016.
“Jorge Luis Borges and his Study of Old English.” In Old English Literature: A Guide to Criticism with Selected Readings. Edited by John D. Niles, Blackwell Guides to Criticism, 301-18. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 2016.
“‘The First Writer in the Welsh Language’: Walter Map’s Reception in Nineteenth-Century Wales.” National Library of Wales Journal 36 no. 2 (2015): 15 pp. [Available online.]
“An Edition, Translation, and Introduction to Benedict of Gloucester’s Vita Dubricii.” Arthurian Literature XXIX (2012): 53-100.