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About Russell Poole

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.


Present Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University
Present Professor, Department of English, Western University

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished University Professor 2010
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grants 2005-2009 and 2010-2013
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 2009
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities 2008
  • Snorri Sturluson Fellowship 1997

Contact Information

UC 112
519 661-2111 ext. 85819
UC 276
519 661-2111 ext. 85782
The University of Western Ontario


Books (5)

Contributions to Books and Reference Works (41)