Marjorie Housley



Areas of Interest
Old English, Old Irish, and Old Norse Literatures; Gender Studies; Queer Theory; Affect Theory, History of the Emotions

B.A., Smith College
M.A. (Medieval Studies), University of Connecticut


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in English with graduate minors in Irish Studies and Gender Studies.  My dissertation, Gender, Emotion, and Erotics in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse Heroic Literature, focuses on the intersection of gender and affect, examining the ways that erotics are constructed through emotional experience. I am also interested in space, phenomenology, cognition, and dreaming. My teaching experience includes Old and Middle English literature; translation theory; theories of race, gender, and sexuality; and adaptations (including medievalisms, film, and fairy tales).

Selected Publications and Presentations:

“‘The Noble Way You Blushed’: Queering Mourning Verse in the Ulster Cycle.” In Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages, edited by Lee Templeton (Leiden: Brill). (7000 words; forthcoming 2017)

“Sexual Violence and Queer Reproduction in Early Middle English and Middle Welsh Literature.” Making Early Middle English Conference. University of Victoria, Canada.  September 2016.

“Nationhood and the Politics of Fear in Wulfstan’s Sermo Lupi ad Anglos.” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May 2016.  “‘Þæt wæs geomuru ides!’: Hildeburh’s Meta-Body as Critique of the Anglo-Saxon Heroic Code.” 50 th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May 2015.

Teaching Interests:
Thinking and Feeling in Medieval England; Gender & Race in Medieval Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia; Rape, Consent, and Desire in Medieval England and Ireland; Space and Enclosure in Premodern Literature; Modern Medievalisms; Medieval Ireland; Old English, Old Norse, and Old Irish Languages