B.A., English, University of Lethbridge
Rachel's research focuses on the literary and rhetorical use of languages and multilingualism in Anglo-Saxon England. Her work blends sociolinguistic theory with literary analysis, and as such, views perception of languages as dependent on a perception of their speakers. While she focuses on the interactions between Old English, Latin and Old Norse, her interest in the perception of languages also involves work with mentions of languages in Anglo-Saxon texts, with myths about the creation of languages and movement of their speakers, and with texts that justify translations and poetic adaptations of texts. She also has strong interests in the way that the formatting of editions influences readings of the text, particularly when these editions grapple with damage in the original manuscript. In the past, her research has focused on Old English meter, the use of rhyme in Old English poetry, and the usage and citation of scholarly editions of medieval texts.
Recent Scholarly Activity
"Silences that Speak: The Effect of Manuscript Damage on Editions and Translations of Old English Poetry." 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. May 13th, 2017.
“Ghosts of Latin in the Vernacular: Bilingualism and the Meter of The Rhyming Poem.” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. May 13th, 2016.
“Old English Metre: Scansion Systems and the Composition of Old English Verse.” ENGL 4600 (Advanced Old English). University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge. March 10th, 2016.
Daniel Paul O’Donnell, Rachel Hanks, Gurpreet Singh, and Roberto Rosselli del Turco. “The Old Familiar Faces: On the Consumption of Digital Scholarship.” DH 2015 Sydney. Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. July 2nd, 2015. Presented by Gurpreet Singh.