Professor Carl Phelpstead
BA (Sheffield), MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Professor (research leave)
I am a professor of English Literature specialising in medieval literature (especially Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic) and modern medievalism. I have taught at Cardiff since 1999 and am currently the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy.
I read English Language with Medieval Literature at the University of Sheffield before going on to postgraduate study at the University of Oxford, where I took a taught MPhil in English Medieval Studies 1100 -1500 and then completed a doctorate on Old Norse-Icelandic literature. I came to Cardiff University in 1999 to take up a lectureship in Old English and Old Norse, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Reader in 2010, and Professor in 2012.
I have served on the Council of the Viking Society for Northern Research since 2001 and have been an editor of the Society's journal Saga-Book since 2004 and co-editor of its Text Series since 2007. I served on the committee of Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland from 2007 to 2014.
My particular interests in medieval literature include: Icelandic sagas, hagiography, and theoretically-informed approaches to medieval literature (Bakhtin, gender, sexuality, psychoanalytic theory, ecocriticism, and temporalities). In the area of medievalism I have published mainly on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, though I have also written on W. H. Auden, George Mackay Brown, Peter Maxwell Davies, David Jones, C. S. Lewis, and Victorian saga translations. Current book projects include an introduction to the sagas of Icelanders and a study of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia in the modern imagination.
I would welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in any fields related to my research interests.
- medieval literature (Old and Middle English, Old Norse-Icelandic)
- modern medievalism (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)