Old and Middle English literature; theories of historiography and nationalism; linguistics and philology; new materialisms and body studies
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Undergraduate courses include Old English language and literature, Chaucer, medieval women writers, historiography, modern medievalisms and film, and critical theory. Recent graduate seminars have focused on history, literature, and state formation in early medieval England; on Beowulf, the poem and its critical contexts; on forms of alterity in the Middle Ages; and on the poems of the Junius Manuscript.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Comparative and World Literature
The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.
A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies. Ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée R. Trilling. Critical Theory Handbooks 1. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Trilling, R. R. (2018). "Health and Healing in the Anglo-Saxon World.". Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, 13, 41-69.
Trilling, R. (2016). Old English Literature and Critical Theory. In P. E. Szarmach (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies New York: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0202
Trilling, R. (2016). Review: S. Semple's Perceptions of the Prehistoric in Anglo-Saxon England: Religion, Ritual, and Rulership in the Landscape. American Historical Review, 121(1), 307-308.
Trilling, R. (2015). Review: R.E. Bjork's (ed.) The Old English Poems of Cynewulf. The Medieval Review.
Trilling, R. (2013). Heavenly bodies: Paradoxes of female martyrdom in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints. In P. E. Szarmach (Ed.), Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England (pp. 249-273). Toronto: University of Toronto press.