Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  

Thomas O'Donnell
Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. O'Donnell is on Leave the Fall 2014, Spring and Fall 2015 semesters.
517W Dealy
Ext. 4025

Thomas O’Donnell has taught medieval studies in Europe and America. Most recently he spent two years as Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the University of York, UK, but he has also worked and studied in Los Angeles, Galway, and Paris. Before completing his Ph.D., he was an interpreter, a union organizer, and a commercial actor. In the 2014-2015 school year he is a Stanford Humanities Fellow and an ACLS Fellow in calendar year 2015.

Dr. O’Donnell’s published work embraces topics ranging from tenth-century lyric to twenty-first-century music. His current book project, The Theoretical Life, explores community writing and subjectivity in English monasteries between 1000 and 1250, and the eccentric nature of “English Literary Culture” between the Old and Middle English periods. While Dr. O’Donnell’s research focuses on writing in Old and Middle English, Latin, and Old French, he maintains a teaching interest in medieval Irish and Welsh literature, as well.
Areas of Interest
Literature in Britain, France and the Low Countries, 950-1350; medieval Latin; religious and community writing; formalism; and history of the book.

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