Current and Recent Research Students
Mr Neal Brodsky
Neal Brodsky is engaged in PhD research on Old English literature. He received his BA in English Literature from Ithaca College in the United States, graduating in 2004. He went on to receive his MA in Old and Middle English Language and Literature from University College Dublin in 2006, achieving first-class honours (the equivalent of a Distinction in the English system). His MA dissertation was concerned with the varying manners in which the Old English word mod was employed to describe specific aspects of the soul, psyche, and "inner being." Here at Durham University he is a member of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and he is currently the recipient of Ustinov College Scholarship for his contributions to the greater college community.
His research is an extension of the work he did on his MA dissertation. Whereas the earlier work was focused on a single word and was primarily lexicographical, his current work takes a broader view of representations and perceptions of the "inner being" in Old English literature. The dissertation will examine the manner in which these representations differ between original Old English compositions and the literature of translation.
Supervisor: Dr David Ashurst