Hilary Fox

Hilary Fox

Assistant Professor


5057 Woodward Ave. #10410.1

Hilary Fox

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Anglo-Saxon studies and Old English literature; medieval studies


I am interested in questions of individual and social identities, ethics, and moral practice, particularly as they pertain to education in the early medieval period. Specifically, I am interested in how individual identities can be constituted both through political/social structures and outside those same structures. These questions form the core of my current book project, 'The Incorporated Self in Anglo-Saxon England.'

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • PHD 2011, University of Notre Dame (English)
  • MA 2005, Western Michigan University (Medieval Studies)
  • BA 2002, University of Rochester (English)

Awards and Grants

  • Fall 2016, Humanities Center Resident Scholars Fellowship (Wayne State University)

    Summer 2014, University Research Grant (WSU) and Medieval Institute Short-Term Fellowship (Notre Dame)

    2012-13, Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Chicago)

    2012 ACLS New Faculty Fellowship (declined)

    2010-11 ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Selected Publications

Book chapters
“Langlandian Economics in James Yonge’s Gouernaunce: Translation and Ethics in Fifteenth-Century Dublin,” in New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honour of Derek Pearsall, edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton et al. (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014.

“An Ethical History for the Self in the Old English Boethius” (accepted in Joey McMullen and Erica Weaver, eds., The Legacy of Boethius, Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; forthcoming 2017)

“The Talking Dead: Exhortations of the Dead to the Living in Anglo-Saxon Literature” (accepted in Thea Corvone, ed., Dealing with the Dead in Medieval Literature, Brill; forthcoming)

Journal articles
“Isidore of Seville and the Old English Boethius,” Medium Ævum 83 (2014): 49-59.

“Denial of God, Mental Disorder, and Exile: The Rex iniquus in Daniel and Juliana,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 111 (2012): 425-50.

“The Aesthetics of Resurrection: Goldwork, the Soul, and the Deus artifex in The Phoenix,Review of English Studies 63 (2012): 1-19.

“The Mermedonian Computus,” Philological Quarterly 89:2,3 (2011): 141-57.

Currently Teaching

  • ENG 3110: British Literature to 1700 (The Strange, Weird, and Monstrous)

Courses taught

ENG 2420: Introduction to Fiction (Mad Science)

ENG 3110: British Literature to 1700 (The Strange, Weird, and Monstrous) 

ENG 5120: Topics in Medieval Literature  (Premodern Love and How to Be a Viking)

ENG 7011: Studies in Medieval Literature (Inscribing Authority in Medieval Women's Writing)

Directed studies in Old English language, Middle English literature, and medieval studies research methods