Dr. Sarah J.  Sprouse

Dr. Sarah J. Sprouse



  • Ph.D., English, Texas Tech University, 2019

Research Areas

  • Medieval British Literature
  • Codicology and Book History
  • Early Modern Antiquarianism

Selected Publications

Book Project:

Fantasies of Wales: Welsh Nationalism, Chorography, and Antiquarianism, 1200-1700 (In Preparation)

Journal Articles:

“Early Antiquarian Methodologies: Conflict in the Margins of a Sixteenth-Century Copy of Itinerarium Kambriae and Descriptio Kambriae.” Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (Under Review)

“Pastoral Assemblages in Culhwch ac Olwen.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Under Review)

“From ides aglæcwif to “shebeast”: The Loss of the Wrecend in Thomas Meyer’s Translation of Beowulf.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism (Forthcoming)

“Lady Bertilak’s Pearls: Instrumenta Dei and the Stone Imagery that Unites the Cotton Nero A.x. (art. 3).” Arthuriana 28.4 (2018): 25-45.

“Two Sets of Two Hunters: The Illusion of Gomen in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Comitatus 47 (September 2016): 163-188.

“The Associative Branches of the Irish Barnacle: Gerald of Wales and the Natural World.” Hortulus: The Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies 11.2 (May 2015): 26-53.

“Ending the Dualism of Nature And Industry in the Lord of the Rings.” Mallorn: The Journal of The Tolkien Society 51 (2011): 27-31.

Chapters in Edited Collections:

“Keeping the Romish Wolves at Bay: A Breviary for Britain and the Welsh Book Trade of the Sixteenth Century.” Religion in the Medieval and Early Modern Marketplace. Eds. Kristin Bezio and Scott Oldenburg. (Forthcoming)

Brut Lost? Brut Found: The Curious Case of the Historie of Cambria.” New Approaches to Medieval Chronicles. Ed. Lane Sobehrad. (Forthcoming)

“The Commonplace Book as an Experiential Guide.” Teaching the History of the Book. Co-authored with Sarah Banschbach Valles. Eds. Matteo Pangallo & Emily Todd. NY: MLA, 2019. (Forthcoming)

“In Sickness and In Health: The Boethian Narrative of the Two Geralds of Brecon.” Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Treachery, Betrayal and Shame. Ed. Larissa Tracy. Leiden: Brill, 2019. pp. 56-77.

Book Reviews:

Callan, Maeve Brigid. The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015. For Comitatus 47 (2016): 269-271.

Sims-Williams, Patrick. Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. For Peritia 27 (2016): 301-303.