Jennifer A. Lorden

Professional Statement

I study the literatures of early medieval England, especially Old English and Anglo-Latin. My current work focuses on poetry and aesthetics, devotional literature, and understandings of affect and emotion in the early medieval period.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


“Landscapes of Devotion: The Settings of St Swithun’s Early uitae.” Anglo-Saxon England 45, forthcoming.

Deor.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature, ed. Siân Echard, et al. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

“Rewriting Beowulf: Old English Poetry in Contemporary Translation.” Quaestio Insularis 10 (2011 for 2009): 60-74.


Selected Papers and Presentations

“Afraid for that Fair Sight: Sympathetic Vision in The Dream of the Rood.” International Conference on Medieval Studies, May 2017, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (scheduled).

“Poetry Beyond Speech: Problems of Paradise in Anglo-Saxon Verse.” Modern Language Association, 5 January 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Swiðe swete to belcettan: Affective Eruptions in the Old English Boethius.” Between the Lines: Discerning Affect and Emotion in Pre-Modern Texts, 29 September 2016, Columbia University, New York, New York.

“Shame and Sense: Writing the World to Come in the Soul and Body Poems.” International Conference on Medieval Studies, 13 May 2016, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Soðe Gesælð: Concepts of Artistry in the Old English Boethius.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8 May 2014, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“The Age of Chaucer?: Pagans, Poets, and Periodization in Troilus and Criseyde.” PAMLA, 1st November 2013, San Diego, California.

"The Devil's Advocates: Cynewulf's Demons as Anti-Apostles." International Medieval Congress, 9 July 2012, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom. 

Recent English Courses Taught