Dr. Hannah Zdansky

Dr. Hannah Zdansky

Assistant Professor of English
hannahzdansky@bac.edu

“Besides the Middle Ages, travelling is my other great passion. I have visited six of the seven continents. And one day, I will make it to Antarctica!”

B.A., Baylor University

M.A., National University of Ireland, Galway

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

  • Literary Classics of the Western Tradition I (EN211)
  • Doctors of the Church (HO303) (Honors) 
  • Rhetoric I (RH101)

Refereed Articles

  • “Religion in/and/all over Medieval Literature” (co-authored with Katy Wright-Bushman), Religion & Literature 46.2-3 (2014): 53-74.
  • “‘And fer ouer þe French flod’: A Look at Cotton Nero A.x from an International Perspective.” New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall. Ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and John J. Thompson. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. 226-250. 
  • “Love in Translation: The Irish Vernacularization of the Aeneid.” The Language of Gender, Power, and Agency in Celtic Studies. Ed. Amber Handy and Brian Ó Conchubhair. Dublin: Arlen House, 2014. 43-58.
  • Fin’ Amors Refined: The Spiritual Sublimation of the Courtly Couple in the Queste del Saint Graal.” Cultures courtoises en mouvement. Ed. Isabelle Arseneau and Francis Gingras. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2011. 210-223.

Reference Articles

  • “Patrick, Saint” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. vol. 3. Ed. George T. Kurian. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 1770-1771. 
  • “Priscian” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. vol. 3. Ed. Robert E. Bjork. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 1359.
  • “St. Adomnán” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. vol. 1. Ed. Robert E. Bjork. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 11.
  • “Courtly Love” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2008. 130-131.
  • “Lust” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 136-137.
  • “Medb” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 152.
  • “Monasticism, Male.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 165-166.
  • “Pope Joan.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 191.
  • “Tristan” (co-authored with K. Sarah-Jane Murray), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History. vol. 2. The Medieval Era. Ed. William E. Burns. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 234-236.

Book Reviews

  • Newman, Barbara. Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular against the Sacred. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. In Religion & Literature 47.2 (2016): 178-181.
  • Fletcher, Alan J. The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2012. In Comitatus 44 (2013): 267-270.

Talks and Presentations (Selected)

  • At the Interface of Literature and Religion: Beathadh Sir Gui o Bharbhuic and the Structuring of Metanoia.” Religion and Early Literature

A session of the 131st MLA Annual Convention, held in Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016. 

  • “Guy of Warwick in Ireland: Beathadh Sir Gui o Bharbhuic and Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 1298.” Celebrations in the Heroic Age

A session of the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University, May 2015. 

  • “Medieval Mixtapes: The Not-So Miscellaneous Miscellany, or Why Materiality Matters.” Manuscript Studies and Literary Form: Ordinatio, Genre, and Medieval Reading Practices

A panel of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, held at the University of Notre Dame, March 2015. 

  • “Figuring God’s Court: Julian’s Parable of the Lord and Servant and the Tradition(s) of the Daughters of God Allegory.” Heavenly Courts

A session of the 14th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society: “Courtly Parodies/Parodies of Courtoisie,” organized by the Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa; the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; and the Universidade Aberta, Lisboa, held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 2013. 

  • “Understanding Devotional Texts across the Late Medieval/Early Modern Divide: The Case of The Lamentatyon of Mary Magdaleyne.” After Chaucer

A session of the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University, May 2012. 

  • “‘And fer ouer þe French flod’: A Look at Cotton Nero A.x from an International Perspective.” Here Come the Irish: International, Regional, and Scribal Identities

A session of New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: A Conference in Honour of Derek Pearsall’s Eightieth Birthday, held at the University of Notre Dame’s London Centre, October 2011. 

  • “Medieval Women Reading Women: The Heroine and Her Marriage in the Middle English Storie of Asneth.” Gender and the Dynamics of Marriage in Medieval English Literature

A session of the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University, May 2011.

  •  “Fin’ Amors Refined: The Spiritual Sublimation of the Courtly Couple in the Queste del Saint Graal.” 

In a session of the 13th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society: “Courtly Cultures on the Move,” held at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montréal, July 2010. 

  • “Glossing St. Catherine of Siena: The Hagiographer’s Role in Expounding Her Theology of Love.” Personal Devotion and the Divine Will

A session of the International Medieval Congress 2010, held at the University of Leeds, July 2010. 

  • “Love in Translation: The Irish Vernacularization of the Aeneid.” Crosscurrents and Connections: Ireland and the Continent

A session of the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University, May 2010.

  • “Aeneas and Dido in Ireland: The Case of the Imtheachta Aeniasa and Cross-Cultural Conceptions of Love.” 

In a session of the 2010 National Meeting of the Celtic Studies Association of North America: “Saints, Sinners, and Scribes in the Celtic World,” hosted by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, April 2010.

  • Teaching Hagiography as Narrative Theology: A Roundtable. 

A session of the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University, May 2009. 

  • “Chrétien de Troyes and St. Bernard of Clairvaux on Love and Marriage.” 

In a session of Borderlines XI: “Minds and Mentalities,” a postgraduate medievalists conference, held at Queen’s University Belfast, April 2007.

  • “Romancing Bernard of Clairvaux: Chrétien de Troyes and the Four Degrees of Love.” French Literature

A session of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association’s 16th annual conference, held at Baylor University, April 2006.

My areas of expertise and interest include Old and Middle English, Old and Middle French and Anglo-Norman, Old and Middle Irish and Welsh, and Latin languages and literatures. To this may be added manuscript studies and the history of the book, historical and comparative Indo-European linguistics (with a focus on the history of the English language, in particular), and new media and the digital humanities.

More specifically, my research is concerned with the cross-cultural and transnational connections present in medieval Britain and Ireland and how these influenced the literary and material cultures. I am thus invested in the study of multiculturalism and multilingualism in the Middle Ages, medieval reading practices and reception theory, medieval education and didactic literature, religion and literature, and women’s literature.