Faculty | Robert Boenig



BA, MA, PhD Rutgers University

MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary

Research Interests

Robert Boenig specializes in Old English, Chaucer, the medieval mystics, William Morris, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.

Publishers' websites for Robert Boenig's Books:

Professional Biography



  • Richard Rolle: Biblical Commentaries #92:13 in Salzburg Studies in English Literature.  Insti­tut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 1984 (translations).
  • Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God:  A Facsimile Edition of the 1506 Printing,  Delmar.  New York:  Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1990.
  • The Acts of Andrew in the Country of the Cannibals: Transla­tions from the Greek, Latin, and Old English.  New York:  Garland Publishing, 1991.
  • Saint and Hero: Andreas and Medieval Doctrinal Controversy.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell University Press, 1991.
  • Chaucer and the Mystics:  The Canterbury Tales and the Genre of Devotional Prose.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell University Press, 1995.
  • Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England.  Woodbridge:  Boydell and Brewer, 1997.  Edited volume with various contributors, William F. Pollard, co-editor.
  • Manuscript, Narrative, and Lexicon:  Essays on Cultural Transmissions in Honor of Whitney F. Bolton.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell University Press, 2000.  Edited Festschrift volume with various contributors, Kathleen Davis, co-editor.
  • The Mystical Gesture:  Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Spiritual Culture in Honor of Mary E. Giles. Aldershot:  Ashgate Publishing, 2000.  Edited Festschrift volume with various contributors.
  • Anglo-Saxon Spirituality. New York:  Paulist Press, 2000.  Classics of Western Spirituality Series.  (translations of selected Old English poems and sermons, with a long critical introduction).
  • Geoffrey Chaucer:  The Canterbury Tales (with co-editor Andrew Taylor), Calgary:  Broadview Press, 2008; second edition, 2012.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer:  The Concise Canterbury Tales (with co-editor Andrew Taylor), Calgary:  Broadview Press, 2009 (an abridged version of the previous entry).
  • William Morris:  The Wood Beyond the World, Calgary:  Broadview Press, 2010 (a critical edition of Morris’s 1894 prose romance).
  • Gonzalo de Berceo and the Latin Miracles of the Virgin:  A Translation and a Study (with Patricia Timmons, co-author), Aldershot:  Ashgate Publishing, 2012.
  • C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages.  Kent, Ohio:  Kent State University Press, 2012.

Contributing Editor:

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, (with co-editor Andrew Taylor) for selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales:  Volume I:  The Medieval Period, Calgary:  Broadview Press, 2006, second edition 2009; also, Concise Edition, Volume A,  Broadview Press, 2007. http://www.broadviewpress.com/product.php?productid=968&cat=49&page=1


Robert Boenig has written articles on William Morris, C. S. Lewis, and medieval mysticism for LitEncyc.com, an online resource useful to students and scholars alike.



Selected Articles:

  • "Andreas, the Eucharist, and Vercelli,” JEGP 79 (1980):  313-331.
  • “The Miller's Bagpipe,” English Language Notes 21 (September, 1983):  1-6.  [Chaucer's General Pro­logue].
  • “The Engel Dryhtnes and Mimesis in The Dream of the Rood,” Neuphilologische Mittei­lungen 86 (1985):  442-446.
  • “Tolkien and Old Germanic Ethics,”  Mythlore 48 (Winter, 1986):  9-12.
  • “Time Markers and Treachery:  The Crux at Beowulf 1130,” En­glish Language Notes 24 (June, 1987):  1-9.
  • “C. S. Lewis and the Martian Controversy,” Sci­ence Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature 9 #2 (Fall, 1988):  52-59.
  • “Musical Irony in the Pardoner's Tale,” The Chaucer Review 24 (1990):  253-258.
  • “Very Sharp/Unsharp, Unpeace/Firm Peace:  Morphemic Ambigu­ity in Beowulf,” Neophilologus 76 (1992):  275-282.
  • “The Anglo-Saxon Harp,” Speculum 71 (1996):  290-320.
  • “Chaucer and St. Kenelm,”  Neophilologus 84 (2000):  157-164.
  • “Scyld's Burial Mound,” English Language Notes 40 #1 (2002):  1-13 [Beowulf].
  • “Music, Heat, and Richard Rolle's Reification of Mystical Experience,” Studies in Spirituality 12 (2002):  217-226.
  • “Lewis and Morris,” Seven:  An Anglo-American Literary Review 21 (2004):  61-81.
  • Prince Caspian and Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair” [C. S. Lewis and William Morris], Mythlore 25 #3/4 (2007):  105-116.
  • “Julian of Norwich and the Art of Memory,” Studies in Spirituality 19 (2009):  25-34.
  • “The Miracles of the Virgin and Medieval ‘Spin’: Gonzalo de Berceo and his Latin Sources,” Journal of Medieval Latin 17 (2007; appeared 2009):  226-237 (with co-author Patricia Timmons).


Various reviews in the journals Speculum, Medievalia et Humanistica, JEGP, Arthuriana, Marginalia, Mystics Quarterly, Seventeenth-Century News, Evoi, and South Central Review.


Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa (junior year), Alpha of New Jersey Chapter (Rutgers University)
  • BA Summa cum laude with high honors in English
  • Chubb Foundation Scholar
  • Lane Cooper Scholar
  • Senior Class Fellow, Princeton Seminary
  • Walter Russell Graduate Scholarship, Rutgers University
  • Winner of the 2015 Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Scholarship for C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages