Areas of Interest
Old English, Old Norse, Middle English and Anglo-Latin language and literature, monstrosity, philology, etymology, paleography, syncretism, stylistics, code-switching, riddles, magic and the poetic traditions of Medieval England and Scandinavia.
B.A., History and Religion, University of Vermont; M.A., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Richard Fahey specializes in Anglo-Saxon literature and the complex relationship between Old English, Old Norse and Anglo-Latin literature. He is interested in characterizations of monstrosity (especially in the elegiac-heroic poem, Beowulf), issues of orality and literacy, poetic styles and traditions. Richard is also a contributor to Notre Dame’s medievalist hub, The Chequered Board, and editor for the “North Seas” projects (http://blogs.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/north-seas/), including one featuring translations and recitations of Old English poetry, and has worked as an editorial assistant for Spenser Studies journal. Additionally, Richard is contributing a chapter to a collection of essays on teaching Beowulf in the 21st century, resulting from an NEH summer institute “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature” which Richard attended at Western Michigan University in 2016. In addition to his studies, Richard is currently working on an avante-garde theatre project titled Monsterbane, which is a modern and multimedia rendition of Beowulf.