Early British Literature - Faculty
Julie Nelson Couch (Ph.D. Brown, 2000) specializes in Middle English literature and the modern reception of medieval literature. She has published on manuscript context, medieval romance, saints' lives, Malory, miracle tales, and retellings of medieval narrative in children's literature. She has published in Chaucer Review, Arthuriana, and Parergon. Her forthcoming casebook, Text and Context in Bodleian Library MS Laud Misc. 108 (Brill Academic Press, 2010), written and edited with Kimberly K. Bell, will serve as the primary resource on this manuscript. Her book-in-progress, Reading the Child in Middle English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), reconsiders childhood as a fantastical agency in Middle English narrative.
Ryan Hackenbracht (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2012) specializes in early modern British poetry, prose, and drama. His current book project, National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and National Identity in Milton's England, examines the relationship between nationhood, eschatology, and literary form and genre during the English Revolution and Restoration. His research interests include: Milton and early modern poetry, the English Revolution, Thomas Hobbes and political philosophy, Henry Vaughan and royalist writing, book history and print culture, apocalypticism, and religion and literature. He is a recipient of the Albert C. Labriola Award from the Milton Society of America, and his work has recently appeared in Studies in Philology and Renaissance and Reformation.
Brian McFadden (Ph.D. Notre Dame, 1999) studies the social and historical importance of miracles, monsters, and marvels in Anglo-Saxon literature, as well as medievalism in modern literature. He has edited a special issue of Religion and Literature on medieval depictions of the other world and has published articles on Beowulf, The Letter of Alexander to Aristotle, the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History, the Liber Monstrorum, Physiologus and The Phoenix, the Old English lives of St. Margaret, J.R.R. Tolkien's use of Anglo-Saxon monster lore, and the Exeter Book riddles in their tenth-century context. He is currently working on a book on the tenth-century context of the Beowulf MS, an article on Robert Zemeckis's animated film Beowulf, and two articles on medieval science and philosophy in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.