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Old English Research

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Royal Holloway fosters a small, close-knit community of people doing research on Old English literature and culture.  



Dr Jennifer Neville

Dr Corinne Dale

Dr Helen McKee

PhD Students

Corinne Dale, 'Suffering, Perversion, Power: Post-lapsarian Dystopia and the Relationship Between Man, Animal and Object in the Exeter Book Riddles'   (supervised by J. Neville, 2012- present)

Pirkko Koppinen, ‘Swa þa Stafas Becnaþ: Ciphers of the Heroic Idiom in the Exeter Book Riddles, Beowulf, Judith, and Andreas’ (supervised by J. Neville, 2003-2009)

Mel Heyworth (visiting student from University of Sydney), ‘Moral Regulation in Old English Literature’ (supervised by J. Neville 2003-4, completed 2005)

Jane Page, ‘Protean Patterns of Wisdom in Old and Early Middle English Literature’ (supervised by J. Neville, 1999-2004)

MA Students

Below you will find a list of students who wrote their MA dissertations on Old English topics.

Chris Key, 'How do Objects Create, Change, and Challenge Human Identity in Anglo-Saxon Poetry?' (2015)

Christine Peterson, 'What do the Kingly Burials in Beowulf Tell Us About the Poet's View of Kingship?' (2015)

Harrison Morris, 'The Poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' (2014)

Hannah O'Flanagan, 'Swords, Legitimacy, and Criticizing Heroism within Beowulf and the Alliterative Morte Arthure'

Corinne Dale, 'The Religious Significance of Dwelling-Places in the Exeter Book Poems' (2012)

Tim Flight, 'The Representation of the Otherworld in Anglo-Saxon literature' (2011)

Rosie Holden, 'Repetition and Identity in The Battle of Maldon' (2010)

Natasha Lett, 'Friendship in Old English Wisdom Literature' (2010)

Jake Snyder, 'Filling the Gaps: Style I Anglo-Saxon Animal Art and the Structure of Beowulf' (2005)

Pirkko Koppinen, ‘The Veil of the Feminine: Mimicry as an Empowering Force in the Old English Poems Beowulf and Judith’ (2002)



The Old English Reading Group

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