Dr. Eric Bryan



Dr. Bryan received his B.A. in English from the University of Georgia in 2000, his M.A. in English from Saint Louis University in 2003, and his Ph.D. English with an emphasis on medieval language and literature from Saint Louis University in 2007. His research interests include Scandinavian folklore, medieval language and literature, medieval Scandinavian and Germanic conversion narratives, and pragmatic linguistic analyses of medieval texts. His current monograph project examines folkloristic and literary reactions to the conversion and Christianization of Iceland. Recent scholarly article publications include:

  • "Indirect Aggression: A Pragmatic Analysis of Das Nibelungenlied, Völsunga Saga, and Þiðreks Saga." Neophilologus 97.2 (2013): 349-365. [DOI: 10.1007/s11061-012-9322-4]
  • "Conversion and Convergence: The Role and Function of Women in Post-medieval Icelandic Folktales." Scandinavian Studies 83.2 (2011): 165-190.
  • "Icelandic Fylgjur Tales and a Possible Old Norse Context: A Translation and Discussion of several Icelandic Folktales." Heroic Age 13 (2010).
  • "Prognostications by Thunder in the Zodiac: MSSTrinityR.14.52, Sloane 636 and PML M.775." American Notes and Queries. 19.4 (2006): 16-22.

Dr. Bryan has also received several grants and awards for both teaching and research, including:

  • American Scandinavian Foundation Grant, 2012
  • Missouri Research Board Grant, 2011
  • Class of 1942 Alumni Teaching Award, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2011
  • Faculty Teaching Award, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Saint Louis University, 2007–2008
  • Walter J. Ong Award for Distinction in English Graduate Studies, Saint Louis University, 2006
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Saint Louis University, 2006–2007
  • Fulbright Research Grant, 2005-2006

Dr. Bryan teaches courses on linguistics, early British literature, myth and folklore, the Bible as literature, and fantasy literature. He is a strong supporter of a global education, and he encourages his students to study and travel abroad whenever possible. In the spring of 2011, Dr. Bryan taught for the Missouri-London Program, through which Missouri university students can study and live in London, England for a semester. His regular listings at Missouri S&T include:

  • English 3301: A Linguistic Study of Modern English
  • English 3302: History and Structure of the English Language
  • English 2244: Fantasy Literature
  • English 2446: The Bible as Literature
  • English 1211: British Literature I—Beginnings to 1800



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