Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature
Amy’s graduate training (M.Phil, D.Phil) at University of Oxford focused on the languages, literatures and cultures of medieval Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She wrote a dissertation on the narrative role of non-normative corporeality in medieval Irish and Old Norse-Icelandic literature, and her research and teaching continue to explore cultural exchange among the Irish, Welsh, English and Scandinavian peoples in the medieval North Atlantic. Amy’s current research focuses on the role that written accounts of the land played in Ireland in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, times of upheaval, compromised political autonomy and shifting control of the land. She considers the ways that imagined or virtualized geographies were every bit as persuasive, rich, and real as the physical geography itself, and argues that engagement with ‘narrative topographies’ enabled the maintenance and development of place-based identities at times of dislocation from the land itself. Amy has also written about poets and political literary myths, gender, sovereignty and depictions of the body politic, bodily non-normativity, and the role of geography in Irish and Icelandic narratives. Her publications have appeared in the volumesConstructing Gender in Medieval Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Norman Tradition and Transcultural Heritage (Ashgate, 2013) and in the journals Speculum, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies. She has held research fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Centre for Viking and Medieval Studies (Oslo), University of Michigan, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisconsin), and the Centre for Medieval Studies (Bergen).
Office: 514 Flanner Hall
Office Hours: On Leave for 2016-2017
Phone: (574) 631-6544