Department of English, University of Sidney

Department of English, University of Sidney

Directeur/Director : Barnes, Geraldine (

Coordonnées/Contact details : Department of English, John Woolley Building A20, Science Road, University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Description :

The range of the department’s interests is extensive, in terms of both course content and varieties of critical approach. The benefits of its programs reflect this range.

Areas of special strength include: Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Celtic studies; Middle English Studies; Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature; Romanticism; nineteenth-century literature; drama studies; film studies; Australian literature; modern English language studies; and creative writing. Staff participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Australian Studies, Gender Studies, and Performance Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Celtic Studies, and Australian Language Research Centre are all based in or closely related to the department.

Old Norse-Icelandic Studies :

Professor Geraldine Barnes McCaughey Professor of English Language and Early English Literature; (Old Norse-Icelandic medieval romance (riddarasögur), the post-medieval history of the concept of Vinland and the Viking presence in America); see also under Middle English Studies and Medievalism.

Dr Hannah Burrows, ARC-funded Research Associate on Clunies Ross ARC Discovery Project.

Emeritus Professor Margaret Clunies Ross; Old Norse-Icelandic poetry and poetics; Old Icelandic treatises on poetry, especially the Edda of Snorri Sturluson; the reception of Old Norse poetry after the Middle Ages); see also under Medievalism. Currently holds 3-year ARC Discovery Grant, ‘Pre-Christian Religions of the North’. Current research projects: (with international team) preparation of a new edition of the corpus of Old Norse skaldic poetry; research and writing of a book on Old Norse poetry; reception of Old Norse myth and religion from the Niddle Ages to modern times.

Projets de recherche/Research projects :
– Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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