Hilary Fox

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor




5057 Woodward Ave. #10410.1

Selected Publications


The Incorporated Self in Early Medieval England (forthcoming from Medieval Institute Publications/DeGruyter, 2023)


Book chapters

"'Above the Head of a Serpent': Women and Anger in Anglo-Saxon England," in Sense and Feeling in Daily Living in the Early Medieval English World, edited by Gale Owen-Crocker and Maren Clegg-Heyer (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020), pp. 126-141.

“An Ethical History for the Self in the Old English Boethius,” in The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The 'Consolation' and its Afterlives, ed. A. Joseph McMullen and Erica Weaver (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018), pp. 71-88.

“The Talking Dead: Exhortations of the Dead to the Living in Anglo-Saxon Literature,” in Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Thea Tomaini (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 17-35.

“Langlandian Economics in James Yonge’s Gouernaunce: Translation and Ethics in Fifteenth-Century Dublin,” in New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honour of Derek Pearsall, edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton et al. (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014), pp. 251-70.


Journal articles
“Isidore of Seville and the Old English Boethius,” Medium Ævum 83 (2014): 49-59.

“Denial of God, Mental Disorder, and Exile: The Rex iniquus in Daniel and Juliana,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 111 (2012): 425-50.

“The Aesthetics of Resurrection: Goldwork, the Soul, and the Deus artifex in The Phoenix,Review of English Studies 63 (2012): 1-19.

“The Mermedonian Computus,” Philological Quarterly 89:2,3 (2011): 141-57.

Courses taught

ENG 2420: Introduction to Fiction (Mad Science)

ENG 3100: Introduction to Literary Studies

ENG 3110: British Literature to 1700 (The Strange, Weird, and Monstrous) 

ENG 5120: Topics in Medieval Literature  (Premodern Love and How to Be a Viking)

ENG 5992/4991: Senior Seminar (The Book of Monsters; Modern Medieval)

ENG 7011: Studies in Medieval Literature (Inscribing Authority in Medieval Women's Writing; Modern Medieval; Revisioning the Middle Ages)

ENG 8002: Advanced Topics in Medieval Literature (Self-Care)

Directed studies in Old English language, Middle English literature, and medieval studies research methods

Research Description

I focus on Old, Middle English, and Latin literature, with concentrations in theory of mind, the history of emotion and mental illness, monstrosity, and theories of citizenship and ethics. My current major projects are a book on early English philosophy and a new, student-friendly, accessible edition of the anonymous early Middle English poem 'The Owl and the Nightingale.'

Affiliated Departments