My research activities centre upon medieval topics, including the Icelandic sagas; skaldic poetry; ancestral beliefs and Christian conversion in Scandinavia; culture contacts between Scandinavians and the British Isles, Atlantic islands, Francia, and East Slavia; documentary history of Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England; Old English poetry and religious literature; Old, Middle, and Early Modern English poetic composition; medieval cultivation of personal poetry and subjectivity; and the history of modern scholarship on medieval topics. I have also taught and published on aspects of Victorian fiction, New Zealand literature, and technical writing.
Verbal Encounters: Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse Studies for Roberta Frank (with Antonina Harbus) (2004)
Description from book jacket: "Lively exchanges, both political and cultural, with Europe and Scandinavia put...
Old English Wisdom Poetry (1998)
Contributions to Books and Reference Works
Non enim possum plorare nec lamenta fundere’: Sonatorrek in a Tenth-century Context, Laments for the Lost in Medieval Literature (2010)
A Disguised Stage Direction in the Towneley Second Shepherds’ Play?, Notes and Queries (2010)
“Orð eftir orð,” “orð eftir orði”: The Progress of the Dictionary of Old Norse Prose, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies (2006)
Volumes 1 to 3 of the Ordbog over det norrøne prosasprog/Dictionary of Old Nordic Prose...
The Nesjavísur of Sigvatr Þórðarson, Mediaeval Scandinavia (2005)
Heinrich Beck and Else Ebel, editors. Studien zur Isländersaga: Festschrift für Rolf Heller, Alvíssmál (2004)
Lectures and Presentations
A Test Case in Comparing Textual Evidence with Evidence from Material Culture: Conceptions of Valhǫll, Research Day (Arts & Humanities, FIMS, and Education) (2011)
Medieval Icelandic manuscripts preserve poems that speak of a hall presided over by the warrior-god...