Students, faculty, and guests are invited to a panel presentation by three distinguished Anglo-Saxonists all in residence at Notre Dame: Haruko Momma (New York University), Drew Jones (The Ohio State University), and Leslie Lockett (The Ohio State University). Both Leslie and Haruko are current fellows of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study; Leslie is also a 2004 Notre Dame Ph.D, and Drew a former Notre Dame faculty member. A conflux of stellar talent so rare that it recalls the Transit of Venus, which next occurs in 2117, "Current Trends in Anglo-Saxon Studies" will offer information about the speakers' own research programs as well as opportunities for discussion of future directions in the field. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and refreshments will be provided.
Haruko Momma is Professor of English at New York University and currently a Residential Fellow of the NDIAS. She specializes in medieval studies in general and Old English studies in particular. She takes a philological approach to the Middle Ages, in that she considers various linguistic phenomena as windows through which to witness the world presented in each individual text. She is currently exploring “other” worlds in not only visions and travel narratives but also imaginative historiographies and fictional science. Momma is the author of The Composition of Old English Poetry (1997) and From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (2012). She coedited A Companion to the History of the English Language (with Michael Matto; 2008). She has also written over forty journal essays and book chapters on early medieval English language and literature, the history of English, the history of language studies, and medievalism; she has also co-edited three collections of essays as special issues of journals. She is an editorial adviser for Wiley-Blackwell; she has been a member of the Advisory Committee for PMLA, and a board member for Year’s Work for the Old English Newsletter; and she has chaired the Publication Prize Committee for the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists.
Professor Momma’s research has been supported by major fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She has been a visiting fellow at the Department of English, Yale University, and a visiting research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study in London. After teaching at New York University for twenty-five years, she will be moving to the University of Toronto at the end of this academic year.
Drew Jones is Professor of English at The Ohio State University with expertise in Old and Middle English. His research areas include Old English language and literature, history of the English language, medieval Latin, manuscript studies, liturgical and ecclesiastical history. Author of Aelfric's Letter to the Monks of Eynsham, A Lost Work by Amalarius of Metz, and essays on various topics in Anglo-Saxon and early medieval culture.
Leslie Lockett is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Ohio State University. Her research specialties include Old English and Latin literature, early medieval intellectual history, medieval concepts of the mind-body relationship, and manuscript studies, as well as the cultural history of cheese production and consumption.
Professor Lockett’s first monograph, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions (2011), was honored with the British Academy’s biennial Sir Israel Gollancz Prize (2013) and the Medieval Academy of America’s John Nicholas Brown Prize (2015). Professor Lockett has published essays on early medieval concepts of mind, cognitive approaches to literature, Latin retrograde verse, and the manuscript of Old English biblical poetry known as Oxford, Bodleian Library, Junius 11. For over fifteen years she has contributed entries to the Compendium auctorum latinorum medii aevi, a comprehensive encyclopedia of medieval Latin authors, and to Medioevo Latino, the annual bibliography of medieval Latin studies. She serves on the editorial boards of the Boydell and Brewer Anglo-Saxon Texts series and the journal Exemplaria: Medieval / Early Modern / Theory. Lockett’s next book, an edition and translation of the Old English Soliloquies and Augustine of Hippo’s Soliloquia, will appear in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library series.
Professor Lockett’s research and publications have been supported by grants from the Medieval Academy of America and from the College of Arts and Sciences at the Ohio State University.