Renée R. Trilling

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Contact Information

337 English Building

Office Hours

Fall 2019: 1-2 TR and by appointment
Associate Professor

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

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, Program in Medieval Studies
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Comparative and World Literature

Highlighted Publications

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.

Recent Publications

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.

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.

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