Dr Hannah Burrows
|MA, PhD (York)|
|Email: Hannah Burrows|
Hannah Burrows holds a BA (Hons) in English and Linguistics, an MA in Medieval Studies, and a PhD in English and Related Literature, all from the University of York, UK. She came to Sydney in October 2007 to take up the position of Research Associate in Old Norse-Icelandic, where she works on the international projects ‘Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages’ and ‘Pre-Christian Religions of the North’ (‘Research and Reception’ strand).
Hannah is editing the poetry of Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks for the Skaldic Project and her present research revolves around this area; in particular, she is currently working on a study of the wave-riddles and their relation to poetic traditions about supernatural women. Her PhD thesis investigates ‘Literary-Legal Relations in Commonwealth-Period Iceland’ and she has published four articles on related topics, namely: ‘Rhyme and Reason: Lawspeaker-Poets in Medieval Iceland’, Scandinavian Studies 81.2 (2009), 215-38; ‘Cold Cases : Law and Legal Detail in the Íslendingasögur’, Parergon 26.1 (2009), 35-55, ‘The Secret Lives of Lawspeakers : The portrayal of lögsögumenn in the Íslendingasögur’, Á austrvega: Saga and East Scandinavia : Preprint papers of the 14th International Saga Conference, Uppsala, 9th-15th August 2009, ed. Agneta Ney, Henrik Williams, and Frederik Charpentier Ljungqvist, 2 vols (Gävle: Gävle University Press, 2009) I, 151-59, and ‘“In this country, what is found in books is to be law” : Legal Knowledge, Literacy, and the Shifting Spheres of Power in Medieval Iceland’, Quaestio Insularis 8 (2007), 36-50. Her other research interests include humour in Old Norse literature.
Hannah has recently presented at conferences and research seminars in Scandinavia, the UK, and the US, as well as within Australia. She is a member of the Viking Society for Northern Research, ANZAMEMS, and AEMA.
Hannah teaches Old Norse language and literature in modules ENGL 3635 and 3636, and lectures on ENGL 2657 ‘Myths, Legends, and Heroes’. She also runs the Old Norse reading group.