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
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.

Dr. O’Donnell’s published work embraces topics ranging from tenth-century lyric to twenty-first-century music, and he will be contributing the forthcoming Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature. His current book project, The Theoretical Life, explores community writing and subjectivity in English monasteries between 1000 and 1300, 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 and France, 1000-1350; medieval Latin; religious and community writing; history of form; material culture.

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