Old English/Anglo-Saxon Old Norse-Icelandic Old French Old Saxon Germanic Philology Historiography Linguistics Philology
Older Slavic languages, Old Russian, Old Church Slavonic, Older Germanic languages, Old Norse, Gothic, Old English, Tocharian, Classical Armenian, Historical linguistics, Sanskrit, Pali, Middle Indic languages, Palaeography, Romance Linguistics, Latin, Spanish, Classical Greek, Physics
Research interests include: Tolkien studies, Old English, medieval culture, Middle English, Old Norse, Old Irish, Celtic, Arthurian literature, Honors education, pedagogy, science fiction, fantasy literature, popular culture, disability studies.Homepage: http://www.unm.edu/~ldonovan/
…orial Choices and the Parliament of Fowls.” Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts. Ed. Carolynn Van Dyke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 233-248.
“Review: Emotion in Old Norse Literature: Translations, Voices, Contexts, by Sif Rikhardsdottir.” Forthcoming in The Medieval Review (Submitted).
Review: Middle English Marvels: Magic, Specta…
I specialize in the medieval British Isles and North Atlantic World, with emphasis on Old and Middle English, Anglo- Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse/Icelandic languages, literatures, and cultures, alongside interests in premodern Irish, Scottish, and French literature and culture as well. I have a broad range of research and teaching interests, including Arthuriana; Chaucer; Robin Hood/outlawry; women’s and gender studies, particularly women’s literate practices; alchemy, magic, and esoterica; monsters and the supernatural; hagiography; literature and the law; genre studies in romance, chronicle, dream vision, mystic and devotional literature; cultural and historical literary studies (feasts and feasting; disasters and delights; violence and trauma; chivalry and courtliness; dreams and dreaming; landscapes and the environment; medieval afterlives); comparative literature; ecocritical and animal studies; manuscript studies/ text technologies and history of the English language. I am trained as an interdisciplinary literary historian, and as a scholar I am interested in the relationships between texts and the cultures that produce them, and invested in the ways in which multiple methodologies can be used in tandem to create a more focused and nuanced lens on a single subject. To that end, I make use of theoretical paradigms and methods from English, History, Art History, Anthropology, Culture/ Material and Gender Studies, among others, in my research and writing.
The ‘Exeter Book,’ Old and Middle English poetry, Digital Humanities, textual editing/criticism, medieval medicine, palaeography and manuscript studies, digital reconstructions, Medievalism, Post-Colonial Studies.
My research focuses on modern and contemporary Latin American literature, descriptive bibliography, book history, and questions of access and maintenance surrounding both digital and print cultures.
Medical humanities and health studies; early-modern studies; queer and gender studies; religion and culture; American studies Curator, Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History (School of Nursing, University of Connecticut) Editor, NursingWriting.com