Renée R. Trilling

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Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Undergraduate courses include Old English language and literature, Chaucer, medieval women writers, historiography, modern medievalisms and film, and critical theory. Recent graduate seminars have focused on history, literature, and state formation in early medieval England; on Beowulf, the poem and its critical contexts; on forms of alterity in the Middle Ages; and on the poems of the Junius Manuscript.

Research Interests

Old and Middle English literature; theories of historiography and nationalism; linguistics and philology; new materialisms and body studies

Office Address

337 English Building

Office Phone

217 244 5655

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Research Output 2006 2018

"Health and Healing in the Anglo-Saxon World."

Trilling, R. R., 2018, In : Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History. 13, p. 41-69

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Old English Literature and Critical Theory

Trilling, R., 2016, Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies. Szarmach, P. E. (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Old English
Critical Theory
Old English Literature
Literary Studies

Review: S. Semple's Perceptions of the Prehistoric in Anglo-Saxon England: Religion, Ritual, and Rulership in the Landscape

Trilling, R., Feb 1 2016, In : American Historical Review. 121, 1, p. 307-308 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

religious behavior
Anglo-Saxon England

Review: R.E. Bjork's (ed.) The Old English Poems of Cynewulf

Trilling, R., Feb 6 2015, In : The Medieval Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Old English

Heavenly bodies: Paradoxes of female martyrdom in Ælfric’s Lives of Saints

Trilling, R., Jan 1 2013, Writing Women Saints in Anglo-Saxon England. Szarmach, P. E. (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto press, p. 249-273 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2006 2017

  • 15 Invited talk
  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 3 Editorial activity

Anglo-Saxon Materialisms: Rethinking body, soul, and self

Renee Trilling (Invited speaker)
Dec 2011

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Anima sana in corpore sano: Health and Healing in the Anglo-Saxon World

Renee Trilling (Invited speaker)
Mar 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Rules to Live By: Molding the Monastic Body

Renee Trilling (Speaker)
Jul 2012

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Material Worlds in Early Medieval England

Renee Trilling (Speaker)
Apr 2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Scientia Naturae: Anglo-Saxon Cosmology and the Natural World

Renee Trilling (Speaker)
Apr 2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation