My field of research is the study of pragmatic aspects of early medieval literate culture, particularly early record-keeping practices and modes of memorialization. My doctoral thesis (Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, 2008) is an analysis of the composition and preservation of Worcester Cathedral’s Conquest-era archive. I currently teach undergraduate courses on the Vikings in European History and Culture (University of Trinity College of the University of Toronto), the History of Early and Later Medieval Europe and the History of Anglo-Saxon England (Glendon College of York University); I have also taught in the Department of History of Trent University-Oshawa. I have contributed electronic text markup and data development for Professor A. P. M. Orchard’s “Mapping Anglo-Saxon Poetry Project” (University of Toronto) and pre-Conquest English charter data to Professor Michael Gervers’ DMC-DEEDS Project.
…PhD project on ‘Geography and Identity in Anglo-Saxon England’, Queen’s University Belfast, 2013-presentMA English (Medieval Studies), Queen’s University Belfast, 2011-2012BA English, Queen’s University Belfast, 2008-2011…
Anglo-Saxon studies, Old English, Old Norse, historical geography, maps, landscape, historiography, environmental humanities, digital humanities
…Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Jay Paul Gates and Nicole Marafioti. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014.
“Preaching, Politics, and Episcopal Reform in Wulfstan’s Early Writings.” Early Medieval Europe 23.1 (2015): 94–117.
“Reading Pronouns: An Entry to Medieval Textual Culture.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 21 (2015): 113–38.
“Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England.” Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Jay Paul Gates and Nicole Marafioti. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014 (with Nicole Marafioti), 1–16.
“The ‘Worcester’ Historians and Eadric Streona’s Execution.” Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Ja…
Old English/Anglo-Saxon Old Norse-Icelandic Old French Old Saxon Germanic Philology Historiography Linguistics Philology
The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Early Christian Apocrypha Series (Salem, OR: Polebridge Press, forthcoming 2018).
Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England, Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series 30 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2018).
Further Publications here….
I am Associate Professor in the English Department at Rhode Island College. I received my B.A. in English from Houghton College in 2007, my M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2009, and my Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2014. My fields of expertise are Old and Middle English, history of the English language, digital humanities, the Bible as/in literature, translation, and the history of the book. Most of my interests in research and teaching encompass what might be called transmission studies: the afterlives of texts, including circulation, translations, adaptations, and re-presentations in various cultures and media.
…ntury,’ International Medieval Congress 2018, University of Leeds
2017 – ‘“Wa þære þeode þe hæfð ælðeodigne cyng”: The Foreign and the Familiar in Later Anglo-Saxon Writings on Masculinity and Kingship,’ International Medieval Congress 2017, University of Leeds
2017 – ‘Raising Son, Raising Princes: Fatherhood, Kingship, and Instruction in Later Anglo-Saxon England,’ Family and Power in the Middle Ages Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University
2017 – ‘From Text to Tech: Reading Medieval Sources in the Modern Day,’ M6 Medieval Reading Group, University of Manchester
2016 – ‘“Rex Eris Si Recte Facias”: Some Sources on the Ideals of Right Kingship in Late Anglo-Saxon England,’ Conquest 1016…
In Progress – ‘”Against the King’s Will”: Princely Marriage, Family Planning, and the Rebellion of Edmund Ironside, AD 1015′
In Progress – ‘Procreation, Celibacy, and Masculinity in Later Anglo-Saxon England’, Gender & History
In Progress – ‘Mead-iating Masculinity: The Anglo-Saxon Mead-Hall, Drunkenness, and the Renegotiation of Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century,’ Medieval Feminist Forum
2012 – ‘Using Writing as a Means for Encouraging Students to Participate in Public Discourse and Community Engagement,’ Rebecca N. MacDonald, David L. Batie, and Ryan T. Goodman, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Proceedings 2012
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My research explores the intersection of gender and political culture in England and surrounding realms in the transition from the early to central (or ‘high’) middle ages, c. AD 900-1200, with a particular focus on the relationship between the ideals and practice of masculinity and kingship. I recently completed my PhD in Medieval History at the University of Manchester. My dissertation was entitled ‘”In a Father’s Place”: Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century.’ I completed my BA in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies (2008) and my MA in European History (2012) at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where my MA thesis explored ‘The Role of Royal Power in the Formation of an Anglo-Saxon State, circa 400-900 AD.’ I previously served, from 2012–2015, as a Teaching Instructor in East Carolina University’s Department of History, as part of the Italy Intensives study abroad program based in Certaldo, Tuscany. While there, I also served as the program’s Academic Coordinator and Writing Center Director, as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair, Student Life Director, and Social Media Coordinator.
…216;Conversion as Convergence: Gregory the Great Confronting Pagan and Jewish Influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity’, in M. Sághy and E. Schoolman (eds.), Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-8th Centuries), CEU Medievalia 18 (Budapest: CEU Press, 2017), 151-163.
Miriam Adan Jones, ‘The Language of Baptism in Early Anglo-Saxon England: The Case for Old English’, Studies in Church History 53 (2017): 39-50.
Miriam Adan Jones, ‘A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli‘, Medieval Worlds 3 (2016): 98-115.
M.A. Jones, ‘Origen’s Authority: Exegetical Borrowings and Doctrinal Departures in Gregory the Great’s Exp…
…Monograph-in-progress: The Incorporated Self in Anglo-Saxon England
Collection-in-progress: Anglo-Saxon Women, with Emily Butler and Irina Dumitrescu
Articles in preparation: “Women’s Anger in Anglo-Saxon England”; “‘Most like a flame’: Grendel’s Anger, Grendel’s Eyes”; “Alfred, Ælfric, and andgit“…
Assistant professor of medievalish things at Wayne State (Detroit, Michigan) since 2013. Formerly a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the School of Humanities at University of Chicago.
…Charles D. Wright’s Medieval Studies Bibliographies (ARC Humanities Press)
The Irish Tradition in Old English Literature, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 6 (Cambridge, 1993)
Manuscripts in Austria and Germany, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile 24 (Tempe AZ, 2015)
Three edited volumes, 50+ articles and book chapters….
In 2018 I retired after 32 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I edited the Journal of English and Germanic Philology for 22 years. I was Associate Head of the English Department from 1995 to 1997, and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies from 2011 to 2015, overseeing its reconfiguration as a Global Medieval program. In 2014 I was awarded the Medieval Academy of America CARA Excellence in Teaching Award and the UIUC Graduate Mentoring Award.
…neutic Potential in Beowulf” PMLA 133.1 (2018): 36-55: Download article
“Towards the Middle Ages to Come: The Temporalities of Walking with W. Morris, H. Adams, and Especially H. D. Thoreau,” postmedieval 5.2 (2014): Download Article and Abstract
“The Mind, Perception and the Reflexivity of Forgetting in Alfred’s Pastoral Care,” Anglo-Saxon England 42 (2013): 147-82. Download Article and Abstract.
“William Morris’s ‘Golden Wings’ as a Poetic Response to the ‘Delicate Sentiment’ of Tennyson’s ‘Mariana,’” Victorian Poetry 49.3 (2011): 285-99. Download Article.
“Writing Friendship, Mourning the Friend in Late Anglo-Saxon Rules of Confra…
Old English, Anglo-Latin, medieval law, monasticism, exegesis and the history of hermeneutics (both medieval and modern), paleography and codicology, and critical theory
…II and Exodus’, Medieval Clothing and Textiles 12 (2016): 27-39
‘Formulaic Friþuwebban: Reexamining Peace-weaving in the Light of Old English Poetics’, Journal of English and Germanic Philology 114 (2015): 355-72
‘The Binding of Religious Heroes in Andreas and The Hêliand’, English Studies 96 (2015): 507-24
‘Constructing the Monstrous Body in Beowulf’, Anglo-Saxon England 43 (2014): 155-81
‘Sounding the Horn in Exeter Book Riddle 14’, The Explicator 72 (2014): 324-7
‘Old English ‘Wundenlocc’ Hair in Context’, Medium Ævum 82 (2013): 119-25, open access: http://mediumaevum.modhist.ox.ac.uk/82/1
‘Looming Danger and Dangerous Looms: Violence and Weaving in Exeter Book Riddle 56’, Leeds Studies in English…
My primary research and teaching interests include Old and Middle English, Anglo-Latin, Old Saxon and Old Norse-Icelandic literature, as well as folkloric and modern receptions of the medieval world. I am particularly interested in poetics, violence, domesticity, animals and the natural world. As part of my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, I completed revisions to a monograph based on my PhD thesis, entitled Weaving Words and Binding Bodies: The Poetics of Human Experience in Old English Literature. In addition, I continued to research other medieval languages and literatures, exploring in particular Old Norse-Icelandic, Anglo-Saxon (Old English and Anglo-Latin) and Middle English literary examples in which textile workers are associated with deception and violence. During this time, I also co-founded ‘The Riddle Ages’, a blog about Anglo-Saxon riddles. The aim of this project is to provide public access to translations and commentary of the Exeter Book riddles. See http://theriddleages.wordpress.com/. As a Junior Research Fellow at Durham University and Departmental Lecturer at Oxford University, I began working on a project that engages with the emerging field of interdisciplinary animal studies. The publications resulting from this study will highlight the way perceptions of a range of animals from spiders to wolves are shaped by the human writers of literature and shed light on broader, cultural implications that are relevant today. I am continuing this project as a Birmingham Fellow.