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Biography

Foundation Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Bio

Robert Bjork was born in Virginia, Minnesota, and attended Pomona College (Claremont, California), Stockholm University and UCLA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1979. His teaching interests, both in the classroom at all levels and as mentor to M.A. and Ph.D. students, range over the whole of medieval English language and literature, but his research has centered squarely in the Anglo-Saxon period. Bjork co-edited with colleagues from Wisconsin and Indiana Klaeber's Beowulf (U Toronto Press, 2008), the 4th edition of Fr. Klaeber's, "Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg" (the most important edition of the Old English epic ever published), and he is General Editor of the 4-volume Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (Oxford U Press, 2010.  
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198662624.do?keyword=9780198662624&sortby=bestMatches). Besides being Foundation Professor of English, he is the Director of ACMRS (the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), which houses a number of interesting programs. Access information about ACMRS at http://www.asu.edu/clas/acmrs.

Engaged though he is in medieval and renaissance studies, Bjork also has two subsidiary research interests: scandinavian studies and medical writing. From 1984 to 1994, he was General Editor of Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation for the University of Nebraska Press, and from 1993 to 2001, he was Co-General Editor (with George C. Schoolfield of Yale University) of Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture for Camden House / Boydell & Brewer. He has translated a number of short stories and novels from Swedish, winning one translation prize in 1987 and honorable mention for another in 1989. Since 1981, Bjork has published on medical writing, as well and every year has taught a course on writing for biomedical journals for the UCLA School of Medicine. That course is the longest running medical writing course in the country. When time allows, he transmutes it into appropriate, digestible form and offers it to graduate students in English at ASU.

Education

1971 B.A. Pomona College

1974 Certificate in Swedish, Stockholm University

1975 M.A. UCLA

1979 Ph.D. UCLA

Publications
  • Bjork, Robert E. Acta Sanctorum. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Aethelstan, king of the Anglo-Saxons, king of the English. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Aethelwold, St. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Agrip af Noregs konunga sogum. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Alcuin. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Bautastein. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Berserk. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Birnius, St. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Brunanburh, battle of. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Burley, Walter. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Byhrtnoth. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Cynewulf. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Fitzralph, Richard. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Fornsvenska legendariet. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Geoffrey of Vendome. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Guthlac, St. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Holcot, Robert. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Ibn Fadlan. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Krak des Chevaliers. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Marsh, Adam. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Mirror for Princes. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Prester John. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Solfege. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Usk, Thomas. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Witenagemot. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. (2010).
  • Robert E. Bjork. "Afterword" to R. E. Bjork's 1991 translation of Ivar Lo-Johansson's _Only a Mother_. Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (2009).
  • Robert E. Bjork. "Ivar Lo-Johansson's Statarna and the Aesthetics of Social Con¬sciousness". Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. "Afterword". Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. "ivar Lo-Johansson's Statarna and the Aesthetics of Social Consciousness". Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (2009).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric, Fulk, R D, Niles, John D. Frederick Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg. (2008).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric. A Viking Slave's Saga. (2007).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric (Author) . Modern Scandinavian. The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English (2006).
  • Robert Bjork. A Bibliography of Modern Scandinavian Literature (Excluding H. C. Andersen) in English Translation, 1533 to 1900, and Listed by Translator. Scandinavian Studies (2005).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric (Author) . The Symbolic Function of Job in Ælfric's Homily on Job, Christ II, and The Phoenix. Latin Learning and English Lore: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge (2005).
  • Robert Bjork. Foreword. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (2004).
  • . . Review of: Textual Histories: Readings in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (2003).
  • . . Review of: The Anglo-Saxon Warrior Ethic: Reconstructing Lordship in Early English Literature (2003).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric (Author) . N. F. S. Grundtvig's 1840 Edition of the Old English Phoenix: A Vision of a Vision of Paradise. Unlocking the Wordhord: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Memory of Edward B. Irving, Jr (2003).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric. J. M. Hill, The Anglo-Saxon Warrior Ethic: Reconstructing Lordship in Early English Literature. Speculum (2003).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric. N. F. S. Grundtvig's 1840 Edition of the Old English Phoenix: A Vision of a Vision of Paradise. Anglo-Saxon Studies in the New Millennium: Essays in Memory of Edward B. Irving, Jr (2003).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric. T. A. Bredehoft, Textual Histories: Readings in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Speculum (2003).
  • Robert Bjork. In deserto vita: The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Medieval Academy News (2002).
  • Robert Bjork. The Portfolio for Medieval Studies. English in Medieval Studies in Twenty-First Century Higher Education (2002).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric (Author) . Jan Fridegård. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century Swedish Writers Before World War II (2002).
  • Robert Bjork. Skulls and Scholder: A Meditation. Exhibition of Skulls and Related Images, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth (2001).
  • Bjork, Robert Eric (Author) . Scandinavian Relations. A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature (2001).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 201World Literature
LAT 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 531Old English Literature
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 530Old English
ENG 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
HST 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 421Studies in Shakespeare
THE 494Special Topics
THE 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 531Old English Literature
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 530Old English
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 494Special Topics
MUS 494Special Topics
HST 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
THE 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 598Special Topics
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
LAT 494Special Topics
PHI 494Special Topics
REL 494Special Topics
THE 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
ITA 494Special Topics
HST 494Special Topics
FMS 494Special Topics
THE 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
HST 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Bjork, Robert E. Building a Humanities Research Center. Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes, Taiwan branch, National Sun Yat-sen University (Nov 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. The Many Migrations of Beowulf. Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan (Nov 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Old English Poetry. Medieval Studies Centre, National Chung-Cheng University (Nov 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Beowulf and Old English Poetry. National Taiwan University (Nov 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. The Many Guises of Beowulf. Classics, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program, University of Saskatchewan (Sep 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. Beowulf och dess receptionshitoria. Centrum för medeltidsstudier, Stockholms universitet, Sweden (Jun 2009).
  • Bjork, Robert E. "Representations of Anglo-Saxon Mentality in Nineteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century Scandinavia". A Burdick-Vary Symposium, U Wisconsin Madison (Apr 2009).
  • Robert E. Bjork. "N.F. S. Grundtvig's Contributions to Anglo-Saxon Literary Studies". Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea (Nov 2008).
  • Robert E. Bjork. "Why Investing in the European Middle Ages and Renaissance Matters". University Guest of Honor (Nov 2008).
  • Bjork, Robert. Klaeber's Beowulf. (Nov 2007).
  • Bjork, Robert. “The Context of Kemble’s 1833 Edition of Beowulf”. John Kemble: A Commemorative Conference (Jul 2007).
  • Bjork, Robert. Scandinavian Translations of Old English Literature after Grundtvig (and a Few Before). Plenary address for the annual meeting of the Viking Society for Northern Research (Nov 2006).
  • Bjork, Robert. Establishing a CARA in Europe. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Leeds, England (Jul 2006).
  • Bjork, Robert. N. F. S. Grundtvig's Danishing of Old English Poems. Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (Jun 2006).
  • Bjork, Robert. Publications Programs: the Should We's, Why's, How's, Pitfalls, and Joys Thereof. Annual meeting of the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations, Medieval Academy of America (Oct 2005).
  • Bjork, Robert. Creating The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages and "Scandinavian Contributions to Anglo-Saxon Literary Studies". Medieval Studies Program, Princeton University (Nov 2004).
  • Bjork, Robert. Neo-Disciplinarity in Anglo-Saxon Studies. International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England (Jul 2004).
  • Bjork, Robert. Making Interdisciplinary Medieval (and Renaissance) Studies Work. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (May 2004).
  • Bjork, Robert. The Structural, the Historical, the Bibliog. 4th edition of Fr. Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg at the Modern Languages Association convention (Dec 2002).
  • Bjork, Robert. The View from the North: Scandinavian Contributions to Anglo-Saxon Literary Studies. International Society of Anglo-Saxonists conference (Aug 2001).
  • Bjork, Robert. The Symbolic Role of Job in Ælfric's Homily on Job, Christ II, and The Phoenix. Anglo-Saxon Colloquium, Columbia University
  • Bjork, Robert. Ballads, Brunanburh, and Grundtvig's Beowulf. Biannual Fell-Benedikz Lecture
Service
  • CARMEN (Consortium for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network), Member, Standing Committee (2005 - Present)
  • Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für Interdisziplinäre Mittelal, Member, Editorial Board (2008 - 2012)
  • Anglo-Saxon England, Member, Editorial Board (2008 - 2012)
  • Academic Senate, Ombudsperson (2010 - 2011)
  • Academic Senate, Ombudsperson (2009 - 2010)
  • Modern Language Association of America, Member, Delegate Assembly (2007 - 2009)
  • University of Toronto Press, Editorial Board Member, Toronto Old Norse-Icelandic Studies (2004 - 2009)
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Advisory Board Member (2005 - 2009)
  • Medieval Academy of America, Member, Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Academy Office (2006 - 2009)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Lecturer (2008 - 2008)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Presenter on effective grant proposal development (2007 - 2007)
  • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, Consultant (2007 - 2007)
  • Board of Regents, State of New York, Evaluator (2007 - 2007)
  • Center for Medieval Studies, Azaliah University, New Mexico, Advisory Board Member (2002 - 2007)
  • Search Committee for Senior Medievalist in Engish, Chair (2006 - 2007)
  • Search Committee for Director of Jewish Studies, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • School of International Letters and Culture committee on collaborative efforts, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Mediterranean Studies, Co-Editor (1995 - 2005)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Advisor (2004 - 2005)
  • National Humanities Center, North Carolina, Advisor (2004 - 2004)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair (2002 - 2004)
  • AMS Press, New York, Facilitator (2003)
  • Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, General Editor (2003)
  • Early English Books Online--Text Creation Parnership, Advisor (2003)
  • Fulbright Selection Committee, Member (2003)
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, President (2003)
  • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Executive council member (2003)
  • Medieval Academy of America, Counselor (2003)
  • Medieval Academy of America, Director, CARA Data Project (2003)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Director and General Editor (2003)
  • Mediterranean Studies, Editor (2003)
  • Mediterranean Studies Association, Executive council member (2003)
  • Renaissance Society of America, Council member (2003)
  • Rotary International, Member (2003)
  • Speculum, Book reviewer; manuscript reviewer (2003)
  • VASA Order of America, Invited speaker (2003)
  • Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture (SSL&C), Co-editor (1992 - 2001)