David Callander, Emmanuel

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Prof P Russell

Biographical Information

David is a post-doctoral research associate on the Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project. In this role, he contributes to collaborative editions, translations, and commentaries for the medieval Latin lives of the Welsh saints. This provides much opportunity to examine how texts originally composed in Wales were transformed in the course of their international transmission and David is making particularly detailed study of the border-crossing saint Winefride.

David read English at Oxford, before moving to Cambridge for the MPhil and PhD. 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.

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; Medieval Latin.

Selected Publications

David's first book Dissonant Neighbours: Narrative Progress in early Welsh and English Poetry (under contract with University of Wales Press) investigates where, how, and why early English and Welsh poets chose to deploy narrative. Utilizing in particular the work of William Labov, the narrative and repetitive elements of individual poems are studied in close detail and the book develops models for comparing narrative trends within larger corpora. Sarah Higley's contrastive approach to comparative study of early Welsh and English poetry is developed to highlight the dissonances in the narrative style of the two literatures and examine what this can tell us about wider tendencies in the traditions as a whole.


'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.