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Dr David Callander

Dr David Callander


School of Welsh

Room 1.73, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a medievalist and literary scholar, specializing in medieval Welsh and English literature, with a particular interest in Welsh and Old and Middle English poetry. My research is comparative in nature, and seeks to look at what can be learnt by bringing divergent contemporary literary traditions into dialogue with one another. I also undertake comparative research between vernacular and Latin texts from medieval Wales and across different Celtic languages and literatures. Other areas of special interest include examining how modern literary theory and works of medieval literature can be mutually informative, and studying the post-medieval readers of medieval texts.

Currently I am working on Welsh and Latin texts from the newly discovered manuscript Yale, Osborn fb229, looking at the post-medieval adaptation of medieval Welsh texts and studying the multilingual transformation of Middle English literature in Wales.


Originally from Cardiff, I read English at Oxford, before moving to Cambridge for an MPhil and PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. During this time, I was awarded a Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship and spent a year at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in 2015–16. In 2017–18, I was a post-doctoral researcher on the Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project, producing new editions and translations of the medieval Latin lives of the Welsh saints. I was subsequently elected to a research fellowship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2018–19), before joining Cardiff University as Lecturer in Welsh.











I contribute to the following modules:

BA Cymraeg

  • CY1500 Sgiliau Llafar
  • CY1501 Defnyddio’r Gymraeg
  • CY1510 Trafod ein Llên
  • CY1603 Herio’r Traddodiad Llenyddol
  • CY3105 Dafydd ap Gwilym
  • CY3900 Blas ar Ymchwil
  • CY3905 Ymchwilio Estynedig

MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

  • Academic and Professional Research
  • CYD401 Special Subject 1

My research interests include:

  • Medieval Welsh literature
  • Old and Middle English literature (especially poetry)
  • Medieval Arthurian literature
  • Comparative medieval literature
  • Narrative and poetics
  • Medieval Latin texts from Wales (especially saints’ lives)
  • Editing medieval texts
  • Post-medieval reception of medieval literature

I welcome applications from potential postgraduate students interested in any of these areas.