Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame, 2003
M.A. – University of Manchester, 1995
B.A. Honors, University of Manchester, 1994
My current book project The Other Within: Writing Englishness in Anglo-Saxon Texts argues that English identity emerges during the period from the eighth to the eleventh century specifically in counterpoint on the one hand to the Roman and, on the other, to the Scandinavian. Englishness is conceived in some sense as a part of and apart from both, positioned as an angle between one identity position and another. Both are important for the historical and geographical dimensions they bring to the notion of what it means to be English, as the book demonstrates in analyses of works as wide-ranging temporally and generically as Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf, and Ælfric’s Lives of Saints, among others. This manuscript will be completed by June 2008.
I am also at work co-editing a collection, Theorizing Anglo-Saxon Studies, with Renée Trilling of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This interdisciplinary collection of new essays will explore the use of contemporary critical theory in the study of Anglo-Saxon England and the ways in which Anglo-Saxon Studies serves as a site for interrogating and reframing the practices of modern scholars and theorists.
Two essay projects are also currently occupying my time. “On Gendered Ground: Saintly Bodies and the Writing of Political Territory,” which has been invited and is in preparation for a volume on women saints to be published by SUNY Press and “Emergent Englishness” for The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature.
"Old Names of Kings or Shadows: Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as List," Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Language, Literature, History, BREPOLS International, Turnhout (forthcoming)
“Teaching and Learning Guide for : Second-rate Stories: Changing Approaches to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,” Literature Compass (forthcoming)
“Old Names of Kings and Shadows: Reading Documentary Lists,” Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies: Conversion and Colonization in Anglo-Saxon England, Vol.I, ed. Nicholas Howe and Catherine Karkov. Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Text Series, 2006. 109-131.
“The Interests of Compounding: Angelcynn to Englaland in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,” Anglo-Saxon Texts and their Transmission: Essays in Honour of Donald G. Scragg [on the occasion of his seventieth birthday], ed. Hugh Magennis and Jonathan Wilcox. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2006. 337-367.
“Second-rate Stories: Changing Approaches to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,” Literature Compass 3 (2006): 1-13.
“What (and Where) is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle About: Spatial Syntax in the C-text,” Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 86: 2 (2004): 87-104.
History of the English Language
History of British Literature I
Introduction to Old English
Early Medieval Literature and Culture
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