Emily Kesling

Postdoctoral Fellow - Medieval Studies
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Academic interests

My work focuses on the Early Middle Ages, with a specific emphasis on Anglo-Saxon England. I am particularly interested in early Insular intellectual and literary culture. My current project focuses on a group of four early Anglo-Saxon devotional collections. These works represent the earliest collections for private prayer and devotion from the Western Church. I consider the role of language for spiritual and physical healing within these texts and how they testify to the transcultural movement of texts and ideas in the Middle Ages.

 My doctoral research related to medical texts in Old English.  The four extant collections of medical material in Old English represent the earliest complete collections of medicine in a Western vernacular language. My work focused on placing these texts within their broader literary and historical contexts, with a particular emphasis on how these works engage with learned and monastic culture.



D.Phil. in English (to 1550), University of Oxford, 2016.

      Dissertation title: 'The Old English Medical Texts in their Literary Context'.

M.St. in Medieval Studies, University of Oxford, 2012.

B.A. in History (magna cum laude), University of Washington, 2011.



Medical Texts in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. Forthcoming with Boydell & Brewer Press.

'Translation Style and the Old English Herbarium’. Notes and Queries 63 (2016).


Tags: Middelalder, Middelalderstudier, Middle Ages, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval Studies


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