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Ph.D. Stanford University, 1969
M.A. Stanford University, 1965
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1962
Selected Awards and Fellowships
American Screenwriters' Guild Award, 1970
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Edinburgh, 1975
Three Fulbright Fellowships to Iceland, 1978-79 and 1983-84
Phi Beta Kappa NCA Teaching Excellence Award, 2004
Marijane Osborn specializes in Old English studies, with an emphases on Beowulf and attention also to Old Norse texts. In addition to several books and many articles related to runes and poetry of this earlier period, and a few articles on late medieval texts plus a book each on metrical romance and Chaucer (see below), she has published on various more modern writers form St. John of the Cross to C.S. Lewis and D.H. Lawrence. Her particular interest in the relationship of landscape to literature may be enjoyed in the books Landscape of Desire and Beowulf: A Likeness, and her interest in the effect of reference to "actual things" in literature may be seen in her book Beowulf: A Verse Translation with Treasures of the Ancient North.
Professor Osborn has taught or held fellowships for formal research at the Universities of Oxford, Syracuse, Columbia, Lancaster (England), Edinburgh, Belfast (Queen's), Alaska, Hawaii, Iceland, and UC Davis.