Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature
Edward Donald Kennedy has retired. He wrote Chronicles and Other Historical Writing as volume 8 of A Manual of the Writings in Middle English (New Haven: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1989); edited King Arthur: A Casebook (New York: Garland, 1996; reprint Routledge, 2002), with an introductory essay on the character of King Arthur in medieval and modern literature and a select bibliography; and co-edited two more collections of essays, Medieval English Studies presented to George Kane (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1988), and Broken Lines: Genealogical Literature in Medieval Britain and France (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008). His co-edited edition, Short Scottish Prose Chronicleswas published in 2012. He has published over 100 articles and reviews, primarily on medieval romance and chronicles. He is subject editor for chronicles produced in the UK for the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2010). His work includes articles on Sir Thomas Malory, William Caxton, medieval chronicles including the Flemish chronicler Jehan de Waurin, the English chronicler John Hardyng, and English Latin chronicles, the Glastonbury legends, French grail romances, Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee, and entries on Thomas de Wykes, Robert of Gloucester, and William Warkworth for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He has given plenary addresses at the international conference on the medieval chronicle at Utrecht, at the Fortunes of Arthur conference at Penn State, at the medieval/Renaissance conference at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, at a meeting of the Japanese branch of the International Arthurian Society in Tokyo, at a conference on medieval romance at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and, most recently at the meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea (2008). He has given additional lectures at Keio University (Japan) and Yonsei and Seoul National Universities (Korea). He was editor of Studies in Philology for twelve years and remains on its editorial board as well as on those of the journals Arthuriana and The Medieval Chronicle and the monograph series the Medieval Chronicle (Boydell & Brewer) and Medieval Identities (University of Hull, UK).
Ph. D., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1967
M.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1962
B.A., West Virginia University, 1961