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

“An Ethical History for the Self in the Old English Boethius,” in The Legacy of Boethius in Medieval England: The 'Consolation' and its Afterlives, ed. A. Joseph McMullen and Erica Weaver (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018), pp. 71-88.

“The Talking Dead: Exhortations of the Dead to the Living in Anglo-Saxon Literature,” in Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Thea Tomaini (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 17-35.

“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), pp. 251-70.

"Above the Head of a Serpent: Women and Anger in Anglo-Saxon England," submitted to Daily Living in Anglo-Saxon England (vol. 4), ed. Gale Owen-Crocker and Maren Clegg-Hyer.

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 5120 "Premodern Love"

    ENG 8002 "Treat Thyself"

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