Renée R. Trilling

Associate Professor of English,Medieval Studies,Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and Comparative and World Literature


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Undergraduate courses include Old English language and literature, Chaucer, medieval women writers, historiography, modern medievalisms and film, and critical theory. Recent graduate seminars have focused on history, literature, and state formation in early medieval England; on Beowulf, the poem and its critical contexts; on forms of alterity in the Middle Ages; and on the poems of the Junius Manuscript.

Office Hours

AY 2018-19: on leave. Please email for an appointment.

Research Interests

Old and Middle English literature; theories of historiography and nationalism; linguistics and philology; new materialisms and body studies


Medieval, Poetry, Theory & Criticism

Work(s) in Progress

A book-length study that draws on recent trends in materialist theory to explore the role of the body in the production of subjectivity in Anglo-Saxon literature.



  • The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

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Book Contributions

  • "Heavenly Bodies: Paradoxes of Female Martyrdom in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints." Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 249-73.
  • "Histories." The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature. Ed. Clare A. Lees. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 232-56.
  • "Sovereignty and Social Order: Archbishop Wulfstan and the Institutes of Polity." The Bishop Reformed: Studies in Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages. Ed. Anna T. Jones and John S. Ott. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. 58-85.

Edited Books

  • Stodnick, Jacqueline, and Renée R. Trilling. A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

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Journal Articles

  • "Before and After Theory: Seeing through the Body in Early Medieval England." postmedieval 1.3 (2010): 1 Nov. 2010. < >.
  • "Ruins in the Realm of Thoughts: Reading as Constellation in Anglo-Saxon Poetry." JEGP 108.2 (2009): 141-67.
  • "The Order of Things in Anglo-Saxon Studies: Categorization and the Construction of a Discipline." Literature Compass 5.3 (2008): 472-92. <>.
  • "Beyond Abjection: The Problem with Grendel's Mother Again." Parergon 24.1 (2007): 1-20.

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