David Callander, Emmanuel

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Prof P Russell

Biographical Information

David submitted his PhD on 3 July 2017. He read English at Oxford, before moving to Cambridge for the MPhil and PhD. His PhD thesis investigates radiality and progression in English and Welsh poetry to c. 1250, utilizing in particular the work of William Labov. The contrastive model for comparative study of early Welsh and English poetry pioneered by Sarah Higley is developed to highlight the dissonances in narrative style found in the relatively small number of early Welsh narrative poems and English poems on the same subjects.

From October 2015 to September 2016, David was based at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany to undertake advanced study and research funded by the Leverhulme Trust. His project investigated how medieval poetry (especially early English and Welsh verse) can inform and challenge modern narrative scholarship.

David is looking forward to taking up a post-doctoral research position on the Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project in October 2017. This post will involve producing collaborative editions, translations, and commentaries for the medieval Latin lives of the Welsh saints.

Research Interests

Middle English literature; Old English literature; Medieval Welsh literature; narrative theory; textual criticism; comparative literature.

Areas of Supervision

Middle English literature; Old English literature; Medieval Welsh literature; History and Varieties of the English language.

Selected Publications


'La╚Łamon’s Dialogue and English Poetic Tradition', English Studies 97 (2016), 709–24.

Kooper, Erik and David Callander, 'The Middle English Life of St Teilo', The Mediæval Journal 6 (2016), 29–72.

'Trefn Canu Llywarch Hen yn Llyfr Coch Hergest' ['The order of the early Welsh poetic group Canu Llywarch Hen in the Red Book of Hergest'], Llên Cymru 38 (2015), 1–11.

‘Datblygiad Armes Dydd Brawd’ [‘The Development of A Prophecy of Judgement Day, an early Welsh Poem’], Studia Celtica 49 (2015), 57–103.

‘The Corruption of Evidence in a Critical Tradition: Welsh and Old English Elegies’, Quaestio Insularis 15 (2014), 108–125.

‘Dau englyn maswedd o Ganu Heledd’ [‘Two erotic verses from the early Welsh poetic group Canu Heledd’], Dwned 20 (2014), 31–6.

‘Middle English ‘cusky’’, Notes & Queries 258 (2013), 365–7.


Review of Barry Lewis, Medieval Welsh Poems to Saints and Shrines, Studia Celtica 50 (2016), 180–2.