Jordan L. Zweck

Assistant Professor
6145 Helen C. White Hall
(608) 263-3759
E-mail Jordan L. Zweck
Beowulf, Old English, medieval documentary culture, history of the English language, history of the book, medieval medicine

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Yale University
M.Phil., Medieval Studies, Yale University
B.S., English, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Selected Publications

“Two Recently Discovered Fragments of Nassington and Rolle.” Journal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010): 203-219.

Research Interests

I specialize in early medieval vernacular literatures, including Old English.  My current book project examines medieval documentary culture, focusing on letters from heaven in medieval England, Ireland, and Iceland.  The book pays particular attention to the circulation and reception of the Sunday Letter, an early chain letter in which Christ admonishes the people to keep proper Sunday observance or face terrible punishment.  Other research interests include the history of the book, the history of the English language, and medieval lay piety and pastoral care. 


I teach courses on Old English, Beowulf, Chaucer, Medieval Marvels and Monstrosities, and Medieval Media Studies.  I’m also looking forward to teaching the survey of early British literature (215), History of the English Language, and the Anglo-Saxons.