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/
Molly Volanth Hall is a Doctoral Student of English Literature and Culture, Graduate Fellow at the URI Coastal Institute, and teacher of Literature and Writing at the University of Rhode Island.
My research projects currently span Shakespeare studies (particularly Hamlet), Montaigne, Shakespeare in translation, Renaissance books, Renaissance publication history, and world literature. I have also worked on Anglophone translations of Japanese film and my broader research interests include untranslatability and comparative translation.
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.
Film History, Visual Culture, Trauma/Collective Memory Studies, Violence, Witness Literature, Childhood Studies
French Literature, Renaissance Studies, Ecocriticism, Environmental Humanities
Medical Humanities, Illness Narratives, Disability Studies, Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature, Critical Caribbean Studies, Phenomenology
Victorian literature, disability studies, media studies, critical theory