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Katrina Wilkins

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Teaching Summary

Current Teaching (Autumn 2017)

Beginnings of English seminar

  • 11 AM - 12 noon Wednesdays, Pope Building B.23

Office Hour: Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 PM, Trent A.54

Previous Teaching

  • Teaching Affiliate, University of Nottingham, 2016-present, seminars in Language & Context and Beginnings of English.
  • Adjunct Instructor, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2008-2010, online and face-to-face modules in composition.
  • Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, 2005-2007, modules in composition, literary analysis, and early British literature (to 1750).

Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered, thesis pending

Research Topic

A stylistic investigation of characterization in Ælfric's Esther

Research Summary

My research investigates the construction of character in the Old English version of the biblical book of Esther, composed by Ælfric around the year 1000. Despite a recent surge of interest in the works of Ælfric, little attention has been given to this particular piece, a translation from the Latin for an Anglo-Saxon audience. The text itself is problematic in many respects, not least of which is the controversial subject matter, which lacks overt religious messages but does include both violence and sexuality-a fact which has caused it to be banned in both Jewish and Christian communities over its lifetime. In recent years some scholars (e.g., Klein 2004, Gustafson 1995) have put forth interpretations of the characterizations in Ælfric's version, suggesting that he altered these characterizations to better fit his Anglo-Saxon audience. However, no systematic analysis of the language that creates these characterizations has yet been undertaken, and this is what I hope to do. My work will take into consideration the similarities and differences between the Old English text and the Latin versions that would have formed Ælfric's source material, as well as cultural influences at the time of Ælfric's writing that may have affected his interpretation and presentation of the characters for an Anglo-Saxon audience.

Research Interests

  • stylistics / literary linguistics
  • characterization
  • Old English language & literature
  • Christianity and the Bible in Anglo-Saxon England
  • corpus linguistics

Research Supervisors

Primary Funding Sources

  • School of English Tuition Fee Scholarship

Research Institutes, Centres, and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • 'Crossing Academic Boundaries: Linking Literary Linguistics to Old English Pedagogy', 21 October 2017, TOEBI Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
  • 'Of Queens and Thanes: Deixis and Characterization in the Old English Esther', 21 July 2017, PALA Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 'Deixis and Characterization in Ælfric's Esther', 3 July 2017, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
  • 'Deixis and Characterization in the Old English Esther', 14 June 2017, Approaching the Historical: A Symposium of Early Modern and Medieval Stylistics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • 'Feasting and Fasting, Food and Drink: Characterization in ​Ælfric's Esther', 6 July 2016, ISAS New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studies series, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
  • 'Authorial Constraint in an Old English Prose Translation of the Bible', 5 July 2016, The Author in Stylistics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  • 'Feasting, Fasting, and Food: Characterization in Ælfric's Esther', 12 May 2016, PGR Symposium, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • 'Gender, Emotion, and Characterization in Ælfric's Esther', 7 January 2016, Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, University of Hull, Hull, UK.
  • 'Esther and Ælfric', 14 May 2015, PGR Symposium, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

Service to Profession

  • Co-editor, TOEBI Newsletter, 2016-present
  • Editor, Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, 2016-present

Freelance editing of scholarly articles and theses (voluntary), 2016-present.

Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, Editor (voluntary), 2016-present.

TOEBI Newsletter, Co-Editor (voluntary), 2016-present.

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