David Callander, Emmanuel
Supervisor: Prof P Russell
David is a third-year PhD candidate under the joint supervision of Paul Russell and Richard Dance. David read English at Oxford, before moving to Cambridge for the MPhil and PhD. His PhD thesis uses narrative theory (particularly the model provided by William Labov) to investigate radiality and progression in English and Welsh poetry to c. 1250. 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 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.
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.
‘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.