Matthieu Boyd

Associate Professor of Literature

Chair, Literature-Language-Writing-Philosophy


I am a core member of the Literature faculty on the Florham campus, specializing in the older literatures of Britain, Ireland, and their neighbors. Altogether I have studied some 18 languages, half modern, half ancient or medieval.

My degrees include:

- A.M. and Ph.D., Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

- Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Harvard University

- Higher Diploma in Early Irish Language and Literature, University College Dublin

- Formation linguistique aux métiers bilingues français-breton, Stumdi (Landerneau, France)

- A.B., French, Princeton University (with certificates in Medieval Studies and Theater and a thesis in Creative Writing)

I am immediate past president of the International Marie de France Society, and have served on the executive or advisory boards of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, and the MLA's Discussion Group on Celtic Languages and Literatures.

Along with the stuff in the sidebar, I am general editor, with K. Sarah-Jane Murray, of a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded team translation of the Ovide moralisé (Moralized Ovid), an anonymous fourteenth-century French poem that tries to show - in no less than 72,000 lines! - how the Greco-Roman myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses are secretly compatible with Christian truth. It's a hugely influential piece of work that has never been translated into any modern language, until now.

I'm also the general editor of the Celtic Publications Series at Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. If you are looking to place a book on a Celtic topic, I'd love to hear about it.

You can find out more about my research here.

Short Abstract

At FDU I've taught College Writing, some World Lit surveys, and upper-level courses in Literature including Irish Literature, Myth and Sacred Texts, World Folk Literautre, Medieval Literature, and Chaucer. I also teach The English Language (LITS 3301), which is the closest thing we have to a linguistics course. I've taught French as a regular course, and Irish and Latin as independent studies.

Currently I am the advisor to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and director of our unique graduate program in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators.

Editor of Ollam: Studies in Gaelic and Related Traditions in Honor of Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016):

MBoyd_Ollam cover small

Editor of Coire Sois, The Cauldron of Knowledge: A Companion to Early Irish Saga by Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014)

Coire Sois front cover

Contributing Editor and translator for the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, 3rd ed. (Broadview Press, 2015)

Broadview cover

Here are other things I've published.