Edward Vasta

Edward Vasta

Edward Vasta taught a broad range of literary and humanistic subjects during his forty years at Notre Dame, and he published scholarly books, articles, and reviews as a medieval scholar. But he also worked on short stories, novels, and screenplays, and now, in retirement, he devotes his attention to his lifelong love of creative writing, for which he received, in 1979, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, OakTara Publications, which specializes in religious fiction, is producing two of his novels: Love and Redemption and To Carthage We Came, as well as his collection of children’s stories,Mud Pie Mysteries. Also under OakTara’s consideration is the publication of his third novel,Family Passions, and his collection of short stories, Tales from the Hidden Apple. When all of these works of fiction appear, he will enjoy fulfillment of the other part of his lifetime literary preoccupation.


  • Professor Emeritus 1998-Present
  • Professor, Department of English, University of Notre Dame l958-1998
  • Fellow, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame l993-1997
  • Chairman, Department of English l972-78
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English l966-69


  • Middle English Literature: graduate, undergraduate
  • Humanities: undergraduate
  • English Literature: undergraduate
  • Creative Writing: graduate, undergraduate


  • B.A.: English; University of Notre Dame, 1952
  • Fulbright  Scholarship; Italian Literature, University of Florence, Italy, 1952-53
  • M.A.: English Language & Literature; University of Michigan, 1954
  • Ph.D.: English and Humanities; Stanford University, 1963


Contact Information:

Edward Vasta
25557 Shady Tree Court
South Bend, IN  46628
(574) 233-1580