I studied for my undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, then did the Masters in Medieval Studies at the University of York before moving to Oxford where I completed my DPhil at Jesus College. I taught at several colleges around Oxford before coming back to Jesus to teach Old English in 2017.
I teach medieval literature and English language. At Jesus, I teach the first-year paper Early Medieval English c. 650–1350, which covers Old English and Early Middle English.
My main area of research is Old English poetry, though I have also published on early Middle English literature and on William Faulkner. I’m especially interested in how Old English poetic language works, how Old English poets respond to patristic tropes conceptualizing processes of understanding, and how they use architectural imagery. My favourite Old English poems are Andreas, Beowulf, and The Dream of the Rood.
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See also Dr Bailey's profile at the Faculty of English.