Beal -Academic Books (to 2020)

John Trevisa and the English Polychronicon

Translating the Past:
Essays on Medieval Literature
in Honor of Marijane Osborn

Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception
from Exodus to the Renaissance

The Signifying Power of Pearl:
Medieval Literary and Cultural Contexts
for the Transformation of Genre

Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl

Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages

Pearl: A Middle English Edition and Modern English Translation

My academic articles appear in such peer-reviewed journals as Integrité: A Faith and Learning Journal, Medieval Sermon Studies, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, Quidditas: The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval Association, and Studies in Philology, and my chapters in edited collections such as The Medieval Chronicle, Vol. XII, Fourteenth-Century England, Vol. III, and A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages. My studies of the life and legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien appear in The Journal of Tolkien Research and Mallorn: The Journal of the J.R.R. Tolkien Society. My academic essays on collegiate pedagogy appear in This Rough Magic, The Once and Future Classroom, and SMART: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.


Who is Tom Bombadil? Interpreting the Light in Frodo Baggins and the Role of Tom Bombadil in the Healing of Traumatic Memory in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Journal of Tolkien Research 6 (2018)

J.R.R. Tolkien, Eucatastrophe, and the Re-Creation of Medieval Legend
Journal of Tolkien Research 4 (2017)

Why is Bilbo Baggins Invisible?: The Hidden War in The Hobbit
Journal of Tolkien Research 2 (2016)

Orphic Powers in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legend of Beren and Lúthien
Journal of Tolkien Research 1 (2015)

Teaching Tolkien’s Translations of Medieval Literature: Sir Gawain and the Green KnightSir Orfeo, and Pearl” This Rough Magic (June 2014)

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