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Eleni Ponirakis

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

MA and PhD University of Nottingham

Expertise Summary

My research focuses on Old English poetry and prose. I am particularly interested in the Anglo-Saxon conception of mind and the imagery of the mind as both locus and moveable object.

Teaching Summary

I teach on a variety of first and second year medieval modules covering Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, as well as early modern - Shakespeare and his contemporaries. I convene the… read more

Research Summary

My current research identifies and explores a new paradigm - MEWS (Movement-Emotion, Wisdom-Stasis), which represents an opposition between movement and stasis in presentations of the Anglo-Saxon… read more

I teach on a variety of first and second year medieval modules covering Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English, as well as early modern - Shakespeare and his contemporaries. I convene the Distance Learning MA on Middle English Romance.

Current Research

My current research identifies and explores a new paradigm - MEWS (Movement-Emotion, Wisdom-Stasis), which represents an opposition between movement and stasis in presentations of the Anglo-Saxon mind. I am particularly interested in how this paradigm presents in the context of diabolical temptation and in mental presentations of Hell.

Past Research

My PhD thesis focussed on the way Old English poets present interactions between mental and physical action, considering parallels between patterns from the poetry and similar patterns in Alfredian, homiletic and prose texts.

Future Research

Investigating the continued presence of the MEWS paradigm in the transitional period at the end of the Anglo-Saxon era and into Middle English with a focus on homiletic texts, lyrics and visual representations.

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