Dr. Brett Roscoe

Assistant Professor, English P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8108 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD, English, Queen's University, 2014
  • MA, English, University of Western Ontario, 2008
  • BA Honours, English, University of Manitoba, 2007
  • BA, Old Testament Studies, Providence College, 2000


Brett is an assistant professor of English. He started teaching at The King’s University in 2012 and received his PhD in English from Queen’s University in 2014. He teaches introductory literature courses as well as courses in Arthurian literature, Old English language and literature, and Middle English literature (Chaucerian and non-Chaucerian). His research is focused on Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic wisdom literature, though he is also interested in cognitive approaches to literature and intersections of literature and theology.

Research interests

  • Medieval Literature (Old Norse-Icelandic, Old English, Middle English)
  • Wisdom (in) Literature
  • Cognitive Approaches to Literature


  • Wisdom in the Old English Resignation B
  • Wellerisms in medieval morality plays


“Reading the Diptych: The Awntyrs off Arthure, Medium, and Memory.” Arthuriana 24.1 (2014): 49-65.

“On Reading Renaissance Closet Drama: A Reconsideration of the Chorus in Fulke Greville’s Alaham and Mustapha.” Studies in Philology 110.4 (2013): 762-88.

Conference papers

"Gazing at Monstrous Wisdom in Beowulf." Conference of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. Brock University, St. Catharines. May 2014.

“The Problem of Proverb Poetry: Folklore and Identity in Málsháttakvæði.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University. May 2012.

“Waves of Thought: The Wanderer, Perception, and Wisdom.” Modern Language Association Convention. Los Angeles. January 2011

“Calvinist Poetics: Fulk Greville’s Chorus and Reader Education.” Conference of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Carleton University, Ottawa. May 2009.