Literature and Languages

Victor I. Scherb

Victor I. Scherb

Title: Emeritus Professor of English
Department: Literature and Languages
Building: BUS 247
Phone: 903.566.7374


Victor I. Scherb, Professor of English, specializes in late medieval and early Renaissance literature. He has published articles on Beowulf, John Skelton, medieval mock tournaments, as well as a book, Staging Faith: East Anglian Drama in the Later Middle Ages (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001).

He is on the Executive Council of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Society, and past member of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society Executive Council. He is also acting head of the UT Tyler Center for Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies.

He has taught a wide range of courses, including Composition, Modern Grammar, the History of the English Language, British Literature Surveys, Old and Middle English Literature, English Renaissance Literature, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, and Senior Seminars on Arthurian Literature, Medieval Drama, and Jane Austen and Eighteenth-Century Women Authors.

Selected Publications

“Shoulder-Companions and Shoulders in Beowulf.” Masculinities and Femininities in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. Frederick Kiefer (Tempe: ACMS, 2010), pp. 31-44.

“Beginner’s Luck: A First Time Director Tackles a York Play.” Renaissance du théâtre médiéval: XIIe colloque de la Société international du théâtre médiéval , Lille, 2-7 juillet 2007. Louvain: UCL Presses, 2010): 87-95.

"Playing at Maturity in John Redford’s Wit and Science.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 45 (Spring 2005): 271-97.

“’I’de have a shooting’: Catherine of Aragon’s Receptions of Robin Hood,” Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama, 42 (2003): 123-46.

“Situating the Holy: Celtic Community in Breton and Cornish Saint Plays.” Comparative Drama, 35 (2002): 319-44.

“Assimilating Giants: The Appropriation of Gog and Magog in Medieval and Early Modern England.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 32 (2002): 59-84.

“Blasphemy and the Grotesque in the Digby Mary Magdalene.” Studies in Philology, 96 (1999), 225-40.

"Setting and Memory in Part II of Beowulf." English Studies, 79 (1998): 109-19.

John Skelton's "Agenst Garnesche": Poetic Territorialism at the Court of Henry VIII.” Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 19 (1998): 123-42.

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