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
Director, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
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.
A Feminist Renaissance in Early Medieval English Studies. Ed. Robin Norris, Renée R. Trilling, and Rebecca Stephenson. Special issue of English Studies 101.1 (February 2020).
Norris, R., Trilling, R. R., & Stephenson, R. (2020). Introduction: A Feminist Renaissance in Early Medieval English Studies. English Studies, 101(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2020.1709761
Trilling, R. R., Norris, R., & Stephenson, R. (Eds.) (2020). A Feminist Renaissance in Early Medieval English Studies. English Studies, 101(1).
Trilling, R. R. (2019). From Metaphors to Metaphysics: Exploring Anglo-Saxon Materialisms. Exemplaria, 31(3), 235-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/10412573.2019.1642610
Trilling, R. R. (2019). Review: H. Estes' Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination. Medieval Feminist Forum, 54(2), 148-150. https://doi.org/10.17077/1536-8742.2160
Trilling, R. R. (2019). Review: J. Davies' Visions and Ruins: Cultural Memory and the Untimely Middle Ages. Speculum, 94(4), 1140-1142. https://doi.org/10.1086/705207