Britton Brooks


Britton Brooks

Office hours:
MWF 2:30–3:30

I was raised on the Island of Oahu, Hawai‘i and attended Aiea High School. I pursued my undergraduate degree at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where I became interested in Old English literature. This passion for the early medieval period led me to Cariff University in Wales where I obtained an MA in Medieval British Studies, a joint History and English degree. After teaching for a few years in Hawai‘i at Chaminade University and Leeward Community College, I went to the University of Oxford for a second masters and my DPhil in medieval British literature. When I am not lost in Old English poetry I can be found in the ocean enjoying the warmth of home.


  1. ‘Felix’s Construction of the English Fenlands: Literal Landscape, Authorizing Allusion, and Lexical Echo in his Vita Sancti Guthlaci’, forthcoming chapter in Guthlac of Crowland: Celebrating 1300 Years; edited by Prof. Jane Roberts and Dr. Alan Thacker, Paul Watkins Publishing, (Forthcoming)
  2. ‘A New Source for the Anonymous Vita S. Cuthberti’, Notes and Queries 62 (2015), 356–58
  3. ‘Tolkien’s Technique of Translation in his Prose Beowulf: Literalism and Literariness’, Mallorn 55 (2014), 23–5
  4. Works in Progress:
  5. The Natural World: Cuthbert, Guthlac, and Restored Creation (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming).
  6. Global Perspectives on Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonisms, co-edited with Karen Jolly (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming).
  7. “Cuthbert on a Hill: Bede’s metrical Vita Sancti Cuthberti and Cuthbert as the saint for all of Britain,” Peritia (under review).
  8. “Intimacy, Interdependence, and Interiority in the Old English Prose Boethius: the relational path to God,” Neophilologus (under review).

Areas of Interest

I am interested in the ways in which the natural world is depicted in Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. My upcoming monograph, The Natural World: Cuthbert, Guthlac, and Restored Creation, explores the relationship between the early Anglo-Saxon saints Cuthbert and Guthlac and the natural world, especially in regards to their ability to draw the fallen world, if for only a moment, back into an Edenic state. I am pursuing various avenues of research in the environmental humanities, as well as trying to bridge the gap between academia and the wider world. See for details.


  1. Sloane-Robinson Scholarship, Lincoln College, Oxford 2011–2012, 2012–2013, 2013–2014
  2. Graduate Research Grant, Lincoln College, Oxford  2013, 2014
  3. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Cardiff University, Wales, 2006–2007
  4. National Society of Collegiate Scholars member
  5. Deans list in Language, Linguistics, and Literature, UH Manoa


  1. DPhil English Literature 650–1550     University of Oxford, UK
  2. MSt English Literature 650–1550        University of Oxford, UK
  3. MA Medieval British Studies                 Cardiff University, UK
  4. BA English Language and Literature    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA


Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-430: Studies in Medieval Literature: Nature in Medieval Lit

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100A: Composition I
  • ENG-270: Lit History: Literature and Environment

Summer Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I (Session II)
  • ENG-209: Business Writing (Session II)

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100A: Composition I
  • ENG-330: Medieval Literature

Summer Semester 2016
  • ENG-272: Culture & Lit: (Session II)

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-302: History of the English Language