Dr Helen Appleton

BA, MA (Durham), PhD (Sydney)
Associate Lecturer

Telephone +61 2 9351 3314


Biographical details

Helen Appleton’s research focuses on Old English literature. She holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in English Literary Studies from the University of Durham. She recently completed her PhD at Sydney with a thesis entitled ‘Anglo-Saxon Landscapes: the Construction of the Environment in Old English and Related Texts’. As well as teaching widely in Medieval Literature, she works as a Research Assistant on two ARC funded projects, Anglo-Saxon Literary Patronage: Origins and Development and Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages.

Research interests

  • Old English language and literature
  • Anglo-Saxon literature and culture
  • Medieval English literature
  • Landscape
  • Medieval cartography

Teaching and supervision

  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Myths, Legends and Heroes
  • Love and Desire in Early Modern England

Helen also runs the Old English, Old Norse, and Middle Scots reading groups.

Current projects

  • The geography of sanctity in Anglo-Saxon literature
  • Rogation in Anglo-Saxon texts
  • Measurement in Old English verse
  • Apocryphal material and journeys of the soul in Old English homilies


  • Member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS)
  • Member of the Viking Society for Northern Research
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
  • Member of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN)

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