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Stewart Brookes

Dr Stewart Brookes

Research Associate (Digital Paleography)

Email stewart.brookes@kcl.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7147
Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Room 210
26-29 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5RL  

 

Biography

Stewart is Research Associate on the ‘Digital Resource for Palaeography’ project in Digital Humanities. He received a PhD in Old English Literature from King’s College London (2007) and taught medieval literature at University College London (2007-2010). His publications include ‘Reading Between the Latin Lines: The Liturgy and Ælfric’s Lives of Saints and Homilies’ (Leeds Studies in English, forthcoming); ‘Old English Prose: Writers of the English Benedictine Reform’, in Beowulf and Other Stories: An Introduction to Old English and Old Norse, ed. by Richard North and Joe Allard (London: Pearson, 2011); and ‘Lyric Poetry’ in The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles (Brill, 2011). He is currently working on an edition of Ælfric’s adaptation of the Book of Kings.

Research Interests
  • Ælfric 
  • Adaptations of the Bible and Saints’ Lives in Old and Middle English literature
  • Textual transmission of Biblical texts in the medieval period 
  • Palaeography 
  • The interface between text and manuscript painting
Selected Publications

 

Publications

‘Reading Between the Latin Lines: The Liturgy and Ælfric’s Lives of Saints and Homilies’ (Leeds Studies in English, forthcoming)

‘Lyric Poetry’ in The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles (Brill, forthcoming 2011)

‘Prose Writers of the English Benedictine Reform’, in Beowulf and Other Stories: An Introduction to Old English and Old Norse, Revised 2nd edn, ed. by Richard North and Joe Allard (London: Pearson, 2011)

Entries on ‘Byrhtferth of Ramsey’ and ‘Dunstan’ in The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary, ed. by Hugh Magennis (www.LitEncyc.com, 2004) 

Select Conferences

‘Rejected and Embraced: Jewish and Anti-Jewish in Ælfric’ (‘Conflict and Cohesion: the Literature of Jewry in Medieval Europe’, University College London, 2011)

‘Latin and Latin Sources in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints’ (LOMERS, 2011)

‘Ælfric and the Liturgy: New Findings for the Homilies’ (International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2011)

‘The Liturgy and Ælfric’s Lives of Saints ’ (International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2010)

‘Sacrifice Your Love: Revisiting the Drama of Abraham and Isaac’ (Limmud Conference, University of Warwick, 2009)

‘So Long and Thanks for the Fish: Jonah in Medieval Adaptations of the Bible’ (Limmud Conference, University of Warwick, 2007)

‘Jews and Jewishness in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints’ (International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2005)

Chair, session on Medieval Anti-Semitism at Discovering the ‘Other’: 800–1600 (Leicester University, 2004)

Co-organised session, ‘Crowning Glory: Rulership and Difference in Anglo-Saxon England’ (International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2004)

‘Handling the Sceptre: Ælfric and the Politics of Kingship’ (International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2004)

‘Contextualising the Additions to the Book of Esther’ (Limmud Conference, Nottingham University, 2003)

‘Double-Visioned Images of Authority in the Book of Esther and its Translations’ International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 2003)

‘A Response from the Liturgy: Ælfric’s Lives of Saints’ (Thirty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2003)

‘The Good, the Bad, and the Unrepentant: Ælfric’s Adaptation of the Book of Kings as Moral Exemplum’ (Thirty-Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 2002)

Research and Teaching

Research

The focus of Stewart's research is Old English literature and language, with a direct interest in vernacular scripts and codicology. His current research on the ‘Digital Resource for Palaeography’ project involves establishing a corpus of the vernacular scripts of eleventh-century England and developing terminology for palaeographical querying of the online resource for palaeographical study, discovery and citation that we are working on. His PhD thesis (awarded 2007) contextualises Ælfric’s Old English adaptations of the biblical books of Esther and Kings, addressing questions of Latin sources, textual transmission, and manuscript culture. The thesis presents an edition of Ælfric’s adaptation of the Book of Kings (Sermo Excerptus de Libro Regum) and offers a study of manuscript punctuation, accent marks, and corrections. A key finding of his thesis demonstrates Ælfric’s indebtedness to the Latin liturgy and this has been been developed into a paper for Leeds Studies in English (forthcoming) and several conference papers. At present he is revising his edition of Ælfric’s adaptation of the Book of Kings for publication. 

Teaching

Old English literature and language, including Beowulf, The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, Ælfric, and Wulfstan.

 

Middle English literature, including Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Malory, and Middle English drama.

PhD Supervision

tbc

Expertise and Public Engagement

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