Hannah Zdansky

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Research Focus: Medieval English, French, and Celtic literatures

Background: Hannah received her B.A. from Baylor University through the University Scholars Program, a special interdisciplinary program within the Honors College that fosters a rich background in the liberal arts while allowing its students to focus on one or several major fields. Her primary concentration was in English with additional concentrations in French, Latin, and—through another Honors College program—Great Texts of the Western Tradition. Upon graduation, she continued her studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway as a Fulbright Scholar, taking an M.A. in Old and Middle Irish with 1st Class Honors. As a Javits Fellow, she has been engaged in doctoral work within the Ph.D. in Literature Program at the University of Notre Dame, focusing primarily on Middle English and Old/Middle French literature but also Old/Middle Irish, Old English, and Latin and is now a doctoral candidate, writing a dissertation titled Romance Reconsidered: The Religious Significance of a Secular Genre in Late Medieval Britain, which examines the genre of medieval romance as it develops in Old French, Anglo-Norman, Middle English, Middle Welsh, and Middle Irish literature through a select number of texts spanning the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, how it relates to the religious texts with which it can be found to circulate, and how it was read and understood among the cultures of late medieval Britain, based on a close study of its design and reception as gleaned from manuscript contexts. She has served as an Assistant Book Review Editor for Religion & Literature and has been a part of the Mellon Initiative on Religion across the Disciplines as a member of the Literature & Religion Working Group.

Undergraduate Institution: B.A., Baylor University, magna cum laude

Master of Arts Institution: M.A., National University of Ireland, Galway, 1st Class Honors

Teaching: PLS 23102 Great Books Seminar II (Spring 2015) (http://pls.nd.edu/requirements-and-courses/great-books-seminars/#seminarII)

WR 13100 Thinking, Writing, and Research: The Art of Argumentation and the Production of Meaningful, Ethical Discourse (Spring 2015)

LIT 20920/ ENGL 20230/ MI 20183 Voyage, Quest, & Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages (Spring 2014) (http://blogs.nd.edu/pilgrimage/)

Projects:

• Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop, awarded funding by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts to organize a year-long series of workshops on the topic of “New Media: From the Middle Ages to the Digital Age,” August 2012-May 2013 (http://blogs.nd.edu/newmedia/

• Graduate Student Conference Grant, awarded a portion of the maximum amount by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies to organize a guest lecture and graduate seminar by Dr. Siân Echard on the topic of manuscript/media studies and the digital humanities, “Parchment, print, pictures and pixels: Change and continuity in the reproduction of medieval manuscripts,” March 29-30, 2012

Grants:

• Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society – American Branch, dissertation work, Summer 2013

• Graduate Travel and Research Grant, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, dissertation research, Summer 2013

• Mellon Summer Stipend, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Grant for “Religion across the Disciplines,” Summer 2013

• Gordon Conference Presentation Grant, Graduate Student Union, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, and Summer 2013

• Notebaert Professional Development Award, Notre Dame Graduate School, Welsh language study at Cardiff University, Summer 2012

• Graduate Initiative Grant, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, manuscript research at the British Library, October 2011

• Graduate Student Professional Development Award, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, to present at the 13th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montréal, July 2010

• Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, continued doctoral study, Fall 2009-Summer 2013

• Institut d'études françaises d’Avignon, Bryn Mawr College, half-tuition scholarship, Summer 2009

• Summer Language Abroad Grant, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, language immersion in France, Summer 2009

• Rio Grande Valley Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship, to attend the University of Notre Dame, Fall 2008

• Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship, Institute of International Education, for study in Ireland, Fall 2006-Summer 2007

Publications:

Journal Articles

• “Religion in/and/all over Medieval Literature” (co-authored with Katy Wright-Bushman), to be published in a special issue of Religion & Literature. (forthcoming)

Chapters in Books

• “‘And fer ouer þe French flod’: A Look at Cotton Nero A.x. from an International Perspective.” New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall. Ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and John J. Thompson. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. 226-250.

• “Love in Translation: The Irish Vernacularization of the Aeneid.” The Language of Gender, Power, and Agency in Celtic Studies. Ed. Amber Handy and Brian Ó Conchubhair. Dublin: Arlen House, 2014. 43-58.

• “Fin’ Amors Refined: The Spiritual Sublimation of the Courtly Couple in the Queste del Saint Graal.” Cultures courtoises en mouvement. Ed. Isabelle Arseneau and Francis Gingras. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2011. 210-223.

Reference Articles

• “Patrick, Saint” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. vol. 3. Ed. George T. Kurian. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 1770-1771.

• “Priscian” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. vol. 3. Ed. Robert E. Bjork. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 1359.

• “St. Adomnán” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. vol. 1. Ed. Robert E. Bjork. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 11.

• “Courtly Love” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2008. 130-131.

• “Lust” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 136-137.

• “Medb” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 152.

• “Monasticism, Male.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 165-166.

• “Pope Joan.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 191.

• “Tristan” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 234-236.

Book Reviews

• Newman, Barbara. Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. In Religion & Literature 47.2 (2015). (forthcoming)

• Fletcher, Alan J. The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2012. In Comitatus 44 (2013). 267-270.

Contact Information:

Ph.D. in Literature Program
323 O’Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-5639
Phone: (574) 631-0481/ Fax: (574) 631-8399
Email: hzdansky@nd.edu