I research the history of emotions (focusing on grief and mourning), the cultural history of death and dying, and constructions of gender in the literatures of medieval Ireland, Britain, and Iceland.
My current project is a comparative study of how medieval authors/redactors use depictions of burial, death, and the dead to articulate and emphasize connections between place and identity, in order to advance claims of cultural, ancestral primacy over contested or colonized landscapes. The main focus of the project will be on vernacular and Latin texts composed in Ireland and Britain (primarily Wales and the Welsh Marches) during and after the period of Norman colonization, but I will also be looking at texts from medieval Iceland and Anglo-Saxon England.
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2012
Dissertation Title: “Grief, Gender, and Mourning in Medieval North Atlantic Literature”
M.A. in Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2006
B.A. in English (magna cum laude), Cornell University, 2005
- Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College (2015-17)
Lecturer, Program in Celtic Studies, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto (2014-2015)
- Lecturer, Department of English, Trent University (2014-2015)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Celtic Studies, St. Francis Xavier University (2013-14)
- Cross-Cultural Lament Traditions, Haverford College
Living with the Dead: Attitudes towards Death in Medieval Britain, Haverford College
Legends of Arthur, Haverford College
- Vikings, Haverford College
The Celtic Book, University of Toronto
Celtic Folklore, University of Toronto
Celtic Literature and Society, 400-1500, University of Toronto
Foundations in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Trent University
Celtic Civilization I, St. Francis Xavier University
Celtic Civilization II, St. Francis Xavier University
Celtic Christianity, St. Francis Xavier University
Celtic Paganism, St. Francis Xavier University
Celtsploitation: Celts in Pop Culture, St. Francis Xavier University
Arthurian Tradition in Britain, St. Francis Xavier University
Ecclesiastical Latin I, Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Toronto
Ecclesiastical Latin II, Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Toronto
- Mills, Kristen (2019). Death, women, and power: theme and structure in Reicne Fothaid Canainne. Ériu. ISSN 0332-0758. 68, s 65- 98 . doi: 10.3318/eriu.2018.68.7 Full text in Research Archive.
- Mills, Kristen (2019). Glossing the Glosses: The Right Marginal Notes on Glaidomuin and Gudomhuin in TCD MS 1337. Studia Celtica Fennica. ISSN 1795-097X. 15, s 65- 82 Full text in Research Archive.
- Mills, Kristen (2019). The Corpse and the Conqueror: The Curious Afterlife of Ívarr inn beinlausi. Journal of English and Germanic Philology. ISSN 0363-6941. 118(4), s 544- 570 . doi: 10.5406/jenglgermphil.118.4.0544 Full text in Research Archive.
- Mills, Kristen (2018). Fet, gol, and éigem. Studia Celtica. ISSN 0081-6353. 52(1), s 53- 65 . doi: 10.16922/SC.52.3 Full text in Research Archive.
- Mills, Kristen & Hill, Thomas (2018). The (Pregnant) Mouse Freed from the Gallows: A Ballad Parallel for the Conclusion of Manawydan fab Llŷr. Folklore. ISSN 0015-587X. 129(3), s 302- 315 . doi: 10.1080/0015587X.2018.1473108 Full text in Research Archive.
- Mills, Kristen (2017). “Celts, Theorists and Other ‘Others’”. Medieval Feminist Forum (MFF). ISSN 1536-8742. s 73- 88
- Mills, Kristen (2017). “Does _Heilagt Tafn_ in _Húsdrápa_ mean ‘Holy Sacrifice’? Reassessing the Evidence”. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia. ISSN 1782-7183. 13, s 145- 164
- Mills, Kristen (2015). “An Irish Motif in Guta saga”. Folklore. ISSN 0015-587X. 126, s 1- 17
- Mills, Kristen (2015). "Emotion and Gesture in Hroðgar’s Farewell to Beowulf", In Alice Jorgensen (ed.), Anglo-Saxon Emotions: Reading the Heart in Old English Language, Literature and Culture. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4724-2169-2. Chapter 10. s 163 - 175
- Mills, Kristen (2014). “Grief, Gender, and Genre: Male Weeping in Snorri’s Account of Baldr’s Death, Kings’ Sagas, and _Gesta Danorum_”. Journal of English and Germanic Philology. ISSN 0363-6941. 113, s 472- 496
- Mills, Kristen (2013). "Sorrow and Conversion in _Acallam na Senórach_". Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies. ISSN 0013-2608. 38, s 1- 19