Dr Hannah Burrows

MA, PhD York
Research Associate

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2572

Biographical details

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 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.

Research interests

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. Her other research interests include humour in Old Norse literature.

Teaching and supervision

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.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Burrows, H. (2013). Enigma variations: Hervarar saga's wave-riddles and supernatural women in old norse poetic tradition. Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 112(2), 194-216. [More Information]
  • Burrows, H. (2009). Cold cases: Law and legal detail in the Islendingasogur. Parergon, 26(1), 35-55.
  • Burrows, H. (2009). Rhyme and reason: Lawspeaker-poets in medieval Iceland. Scandinavian Studies, 81(2), 215-238.

Conferences

  • Burrows, H. (2008). "In this country what is found in books is to be law": legal knowledge, literacy and the shifting spheres of power in commonwealth-period Iceland. Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: Knowledge and Power, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire: Victoire Press.

2013

  • Burrows, H. (2013). Enigma variations: Hervarar saga's wave-riddles and supernatural women in old norse poetic tradition. Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 112(2), 194-216. [More Information]

2009

  • Burrows, H. (2009). Cold cases: Law and legal detail in the Islendingasogur. Parergon, 26(1), 35-55.
  • Burrows, H. (2009). Rhyme and reason: Lawspeaker-poets in medieval Iceland. Scandinavian Studies, 81(2), 215-238.

2008

  • Burrows, H. (2008). "In this country what is found in books is to be law": legal knowledge, literacy and the shifting spheres of power in commonwealth-period Iceland. Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: Knowledge and Power, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire: Victoire Press.

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