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Jayne Carroll

Associate Professor in the History of English and Director, Institute for Name-Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I was educated at University College London (BA English Literature and Language), King's College London (MA English Language and Literature before 1525), and the Universities of Nottingham (PhD) and Iceland (as the recipient of the Government of Iceland Ministry of Education, Science and Culture scholarship). I held lectureships at University College Dublin and the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester before coming to Nottingham in 2009 to direct the Institute for Name-Studies.

Expertise Summary

English place-names; Old English and Old Norse language and literature; the history of the English language.

I am Honorary Secretary of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS). I am currently involved in three externally-funded research projects:

  • The place-names of Shropshire: a four-year AHRC-funded project to complete the EPNS survey of Shropshire;
  • Travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England: three-year Leverhulme-funded research project (with UCL)
  • Flood and Flow: place-names and the changing hydrology of river-systems (with the Universities of Leicester, Southampton, and Wales)

Outreach and public engagement

I am engaged upon a programme of outreach activities in connection with the above projects. My work on Shropshire place-names has included a series of talks in Shropshire and curating three exhibitions, in Oswestry, Ludlow, and Shropshire.

Teaching Summary

My teaching draws on my research in Old English and Old Norse language and literature, and in English place-names.

Undergraduate modules taught

Beginnings of English (level 1); English Place-Names (level 3); Dissertation (level 3)

Postgraduate modules taught

The Study of Place-Names; Old English Texts 1; Dissertation

Research Summary

I am principal investigator for the AHRC-funded research project, The Place-Names of Shropshire. Colleagues within the Institute for Name-Studies and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studes… read more

Selected Publications

  • JAYNE CARROLL, STEPHEN HARRISON and GARETH WILLIAMS, 2014. The Vikings in Britain and Ireland British Museum.
  • J. CARROLL and D. N. PARSONS, eds., 2013. Perceptions of Place: twenty-first-century interpretations of English place-name studies English Place-Name Society.
  • CARROLL, J., ed., 2012. Printed and digital scholarly edition, with full critical apparatus including biography, introduction, editorial methodology, complete variants, prose word order, English translation, notes, bibliography and indices. Þórðr Kolbeinsson -- Eiríksdrápa. In: Poetry from the kings' sagas I, edited by D.C. Whaley Brepols.
  • CARROLL, J., 2010. Coins and the Chronicle: mint-signatures, history, and language. In: JORGENSEN, A., ed., Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: language, literature, history Brepols Publishers. 243-273

I welcome students who are interesting in pursuing research on English place-names, on Old English language and / or literature, and on the history of the English language.

My current research students are working on:

Interactions of thought and action in Old English poetry;

The place-names of the Pas-de-Calais;

The language of cooking in late Middle and Early Modern English.

Current Research

I am principal investigator for the AHRC-funded research project, The Place-Names of Shropshire. Colleagues within the Institute for Name-Studies and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studes (University of Wales) are collaborating to finish the English Place-Name Society survey of Shropshire. Six volumes, authored by Margaret Gelling, were published between 1990 and 2012. The project team will produce a further five volumes, three of which I co-author.

I am a team-member of two further externally-funded projects, both funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The first, Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England, is a collaborative project which brings together archaeologists from UCL, place-name scholars from Nottingham, and historians from Winchester to investigate the routeway network of early medieval England. The second, Flood and Flow, place-names and the changing hydrology of river-systems, involves the Universities of Leicester, Southampton, and Wales, as well as Nottingham. This project draws on place-name evidence to study river flooding and water/land management during the period c.700-1100AD, the last major episode on record of rapid warming and weather extremes.

I continue to work with members of the project team from the Leverhulme programme, The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: Evidence, Memories, Inventions (2011-16). We are currently preparing a volume on Migrants in Medieval England.

Past Research

My doctoral thesis, 'Poetic Discourse in Viking Age England', examined verse produced in English in the tenth and eleventh centuries in Old English, Old Norse, and Latin. Work from this thesis has appeared in the Review of English Studies and as chapters in edited volumes. I have contributed to the Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages project, as editor of Markús Skeggjason's verse (in vol. 2, published in 2009) and of Þórðr Kolbeinsson's Eiríksdrápa (vol. 1, 2012). Work on Old English heroic verse has appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (2010).

I was one of the four founder members of the AHRC-funded Viking Identities Network. I was co-investigator on the Leverhulme-funded project, Landscapes of Governance: Assembly Sites in England, 5th-11th centuries.

The Vikings in Britain and Ireland , co-authored with Stephen Harrison and Gareth Williams, was published by the British Museum in 2014, and timed to coincide with their exhibition, Vikings - Life and Legend.

  • JAYNE CARROLL, STEPHEN HARRISON and GARETH WILLIAMS, 2014. The Vikings in Britain and Ireland British Museum.
  • CARROLL, J., 2014. Review of The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook, ed. M. Livingston (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2011). Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 113(3), 387-91
  • J. CARROLL and D. N. PARSONS, eds., 2013. Perceptions of Place: twenty-first-century interpretations of English place-name studies English Place-Name Society.
  • J. CARROLL, 2013. The place-name Wallingford. In: N. CHRISTIE, O. CREIGHTON, M. EDGEWORTH and H. HAMEROW, eds., Transforming Townscapes. From burh to borough, the archaeology of Wallingford, AD 800-1400 Maney. 55-57
  • J. CARROLL, 2013. Perceiving place through time: English place-name studies, 1924-2013. In: J. CARROLL and D. N. PARSONS, eds., Perceptions of Place: twenty-first-century interpretations of English place-name studies English Place-Name Society. xiii-xxxvii
  • J. CARROLL, 2012. Changing names, changing functions?. In: R. JONES and S. SEMPLE, eds., A Sense of Place in Anglo-Saxon England Shaun Tyas. 168-179
  • CARROLL, J., ed., 2012. Printed and digital scholarly edition, with full critical apparatus including biography, introduction, editorial methodology, complete variants, prose word order, English translation, notes, bibliography and indices. Þórðr Kolbeinsson -- Eiríksdrápa. In: Poetry from the kings' sagas I, edited by D.C. Whaley Brepols.
  • CARROLL, J., 2010. The Verse of Heroes. In: TREHARNE, E and WALKER, G., eds., The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English Oxford: Oxford University Press. 133-159
  • CARROLL, J., 2010. Coins and the Chronicle: mint-signatures, history, and language. In: JORGENSEN, A., ed., Reading the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: language, literature, history Brepols Publishers. 243-273
  • CARROLL, J., ed., 2009. Printed and digital scholarly edition, with full critical apparatus including biography, introduction, editorial methodology, complete variants, prose word order, English translation, notes, bibliography and indices. Markús Skeggjason -- Eiríksdrápa. In: Poetry from the kings' sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c.1300. Part 1, edited by K.E. Gade. Brepols.
  • CARROLL, J. and PARSONS, D.N., 2007. Anglo-Saxon Mint-Names Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  • CARROLL, J., 2007. Concepts of power in Anglo-Scandinavian verse. In: BOLTON, B. and MEEK, C., eds., Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages Turnhout: Brepols. 217-233
  • CARROLL, J., 2007. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the wars with the Danes. In: NORTH, R. and ALLARD, J., eds., Beowulf and other Stories: An Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic, and Anglo-Norman Literature London: Longman. 301-350
  • CARROLL, J., 2007. Engla waldend, rex admirabilis: Poetic Representations of King Edgar Review of English Studies. 59, 113-132
  • CARROLL, J. and LEE, C., 2007. Women in Anglo-Saxon England and the Impact of Christine E. Fell: Introduction Nottingham Medieval Studies. 51, 201-205
  • CARROLL, J., 2005. Narrative and Direct Address in Skaldic Verse. In: MORTENSEN, A and ARGE, S., eds., Viking and Norse in the North Atlantic Tórshavn: Føroya Fróðskapafelag. 427-440
  • CARROLL, J., 2003. Review of Eric Christiansen, The Norsemen in the Viking Age Saga-Book. 27, 114-117
  • CARROLL, J., 2001. Review of James Graham-Campbell et al. (eds), The Vikings and the Danelaw Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 34, 59-65
  • CARROLL, J., 2000. Words and Weapons: The Battle of Brunanburh Nottingham Linguistic Circular. 15, 35-54

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