Sarah M. Anderson

Senior Lecturer
Office Phone
B52 McCosh Hall
Office Hours

Mondays from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesdays from 10:00am - 11:30am, and by appointment (using "Office Hours Scheduling" link to the left).


Sarah M. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. At Princeton, she is a member of both the English Department and the Council for the Humanities. She specializes in early medieval language and literature, particularly in Old English, Old Norse and Old Icelandic, with strong secondary interests in textual criticism, Middle English literature and Arthuriana. Before coming to Princeton, Anderson was a research fellow at The Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen, where she studied and edited Old Icelandic sagas; she also worked on the Dictionary of Old Norse Prose. As a fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, Anderson investigated early printed editions of the sagas from Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark, placing these editions in the context of contention for national identity. In addition to articles and reviews, her publications include Cold Counsel: Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology (Routledge, 2002) and the Introduction, notes, glossary, and contextual material to Beowulf: A Longman’s Cultural Edition (January, 2004). In the English Department, she has taught courses in Old English, Middle English Romance, Arthurian Literature, Sagas, and fantasy; and in the Council of the Humanities, she has taught “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages” (HUM 216-217). She is now developing new courses on early heroic literature and on pilgrimage.

Teaching and Research Interests