Associate Professor of English
Dr. Dendle teaches English at Penn State Mont Alto including Old and Middle English language and literature; folklore and culture; 20th and 21st century representations of the Middle Ages; and the monstrous in film, folklore, and society. He studies religious, folkloric, and literary representations of the demonic, as a lens through which societal ideals and anxieties can be viewed. Although his primary work is on the Early Middle Ages (Anglo-Saxon England), he also has published on zombie movies, cryptozoology, and other culturally important texts from the contemporary world.
Most Recent Publications
Dendle, Peter. Forthcoming. The Old English /Life of Malchus/ and Two Vernacular Tales from the/ Vitas Patrum/ in MS Cotton Otho C.i: A Translation. English Studies.
Dendle, Peter. 2009. Monsters, Creatures, and Pets at Hogwarts: Animal Stewardship in the World of Harry Potter. Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter. 2nd ed. Edited by Elizabeth E. Heilman. New York and London: Routledge.
Raiswell, Richard, and Peter Dendle. 2008. Demon Possession in Anglo-Saxon and Early Modern England: Continuity and Evolution in Social Context. Journal of British Studies 47:738-67.
Dendle, Peter, and Alain Touwaide (Smithsonian Institution), eds. 2008. Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden. Woodbridge, England: The Boydell Press.
Dendle, Peter. 2008. The Age of Faith: Everyone in the Middle Ages Believed in God and The Middle Ages Were a Superstitious Time. Misconceptions About the Middle Ages. Edited by Stephen J. Harris, and Bryon L. Grigsby. New York and London: Routledge.
Ph.D. in English, University of Toronto, 1998
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 1993
M.A. in English, Yale University, 1991
B.A. in English and Philosophy, University of Kentucky, 1990
Office: 211 General Studies Building