Dr. Adam Goldwyn, Assistant Professor

Office: Minard 318H
Email: adam.goldwyn@ndsu.edu

About Dr. Goldwyn

Adam J. Goldwyn joined the faculty at NDSU in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature and English. He received his B.A (Pomona College) and M.A. (University College London) in ancient history and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York, where he specialized in medieval literature and Greek literature (ancient, medieval and modern). He wrote his dissertation on the reception of the Trojan War in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, a topic which built on his long-standing interests in classical reception, comparative approaches to medieval literature (particularly the medieval romance) and Mediterranean Studies.After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Goldwyn taught at the University of New York Tirana in Albania and at the American University in Kosovo (now RIT Kosovo), where he developed an interest in Albanian literature. From 2011-2013, he was a post-doctoral researcher in Byzantine and Greek Studies at Uppsala University (Sweden), where he worked on both the reception of Classical Greek literature in Byzantium and the reception of Byzantine literature in modernity.Dr. Goldwyn spent the fall semester of 2013 as research fellow at the Swedish Institute in Athens and the academic year 2016/17 as a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, DC.

At NDSU, he has taught courses in medieval literature, international modernism, world literature, literature and the environment, and literary theory.

Recent Publications


  • 2017: Byzantine Ecocriticism: Humans, Nature, and Power in the Medieval Greek Romance. Palgrave-MacMillan.


  • 2017 (Forthcoming): Tzetzes, John. Allegories of the Odyssey (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series). Harvard University Press (co-translator Dimitra Kokkini).
  • 2015: Tzetzes, John. Allegories of the Iliad (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series). Harvard University Press (co-translator Dimitra Kokkini).


  • 2018 (Forthcoming): A Handbook to the Late Byzantine Romances. Cambridge University Press (co-editor Ingela Nilsson).
  • 2017: Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Classics in International Modernism and the Avant-Garde. Brill (co-editor James Nikopoulos).
  • 2016: Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development. Palgrave-MacMillan (co-editor Renée Silverman).
  • 2015: The Trojan Wars and the Making of the Modern World. Studia Graeca Upsaliensia.


  • 2016: “The Trojan War from Rome to New Rome: The Reception of Dictys of Crete’s Ephemeris Belli Troiani in Ioannes Malalas’ Chronicle” in Miscellanea Byzantina I. Ed. Marciniak, Przemyslaw. University of Silesia Press, 9-34.
  • 2016: “A Case-Study in Byzantine Ecocriticism: Zoomorphic and Anthomorphic Metaphors in the Medieval Greek Romance.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 23.2, 220-239.
  • 2016: “‘Constantinople Our Star’: The Image of Byzantium in Modernist Poetry” in The Reception of Byzantium in European Culture since 1500. Eds. Marcianak, Przemyslaw and Smythe, Dion. Ashgate, 225-243.
  • 2015: “John Malalas and the Origins of the Allegorical and Novelistic Traditions of the Trojan War in Byzantium.” Troianalexandrina 15, 23-49.
  • 2015: “Towards a Byzantine Ecocriticism: Witches and Nature Control in the Medieval Greek Romance.” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 39.1, 66-84.
  • 2014: “‘I come from a cursed land and from the depths of darkness’: Life after death in Greek laments about the fall of Constantinople” in Wanted Byzantium: The Desire for a Lost Empire. Eds. Nilsson, Ingela and Stephenson, Paul. Studia Byzantina Upsaliensia, 93-108.
  • 2012: “Arthur in the East: Cross-Cultural Translations of Arthurian Romance in Greek and Hebrew, with a New Translation of Ὁ Πρεσβύς Ἱπποτές/The Old Knight.” LATCH: The Journal of Literary Artifacts in Theory, Culture and History 5, 75-105.


  • 2017: “‘The Virtue of Hellenism’: Yoram Bronowski’s Hebrew Translations of Constantine Cavafy and Israel’s Mediterranean Identity.” Journal of Mediterranean Studies.
  • 2016: “An ‘Exile from the Sea with the Desert in his Mouth’: A Conversation with Iossif Ventura.” World Literature Today 90.1, 22-25.
  • 2015: “Joseph Eliyia and the Jewish Question in Greece: Zionism, Hellenism and the Struggle for Modernity.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 33.2, 361-384.
  • 2012: “Translations and Adaptations of C.P. Cavafy in Albanian.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 30.2, 247-276.


  • 2017: “Creating the Modern Rhapsode: The Classics as World Literature in Ezra Pound’s Cantos” in Brill’s Companion to Classical Receptions in International Modernism and the Avant-Garde. Ed. Goldwyn, Adam J. and Nikopoulos, James. Brill, 53-72.
  • 2015: “Achaians, Athenians and Americans: Comparing Empires in The New York Times in the Post-9/11 Era” in The Trojan Wars and the Making of the Modern World. Ed. Goldwyn, Adam J. Studia Graeca Upsaliensia, 245-258.
  • 2015: “‘That Men to Come Shall Know of It’: Theorizing Aesthetic Innovation, Heroic Ideology, and Political Legitimacy in Trojan War Reception” in The Trojan Wars and the Making of the Modern World. Ed. Goldwyn, Adam J. Studia Graeca Upsalensia, 1-15.


  • 2016: “‘Go Back to Homer’s Verse’: Iliads of revolution and Odysseys of exile in Albanian Poetry.” Classical Receptions Journal 8.4, 506-528.
  • 2016: “Modernism, Nationalism, Albanianism: Geographic Poetry and Poetic Geography in the Albanian and Kosovar Independence Movements” in Mediterranean Modernism: Intercultural Exchange and Aesthetic Development. Eds. Goldwyn, Adam J. and Silverman, Renee. Palgrave-MacMillan (New Mediterranean Studies), 251-281.
  • 2012: “Finally, Ali Podrimja Spoke: A Conversation.” World Literature Today 86.3, 28-32. (co-author Rineta Hoxha).
  • 2011: “Exile and Nostalgia in Albanian Lyric Poetry since 1750.” Mediterranean Journal of Humanities 1, 123-141.
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