Mr Neville Mogford

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Personal profile

I am a research student based in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Neville. I was a Visiting Marker at Royal Holloway in 2015/6, and I am a Visiting Tutor on the EN1001 module (Introduction to Medieval Literature) at Royal Holloway for 2016/7. I currently run the Royal Holloway Old English Reading Group.

I was awarded a BA in English Literature from Brunel University in 2012, and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Exeter in 2014. I won a Reid Scholarship for postgraduate research at Royal Holloway in 2015.

I am an early medievalist, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. I also have an interest in the literature, history, and archaeology of Late Antique and Medieval Europe more generally.

My academic blog, Holidays in Mermedonia, can be found here.

Research interests

Marking Time: Chronometry and Chronology in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture (PhD project): From the 7th century all the way to the Norman Conquest, few areas of intellectual development were more pervasive or contentious in Anglo-Saxon England than the calculation and measurement of time. Despite this, the relationship between Anglo-Saxon cultural preoccupations with ‘time’ and poetic literature remains unclear. My study aims to address this knowledge gap by considering a range of Anglo-Saxon poetic and prose works in three key areas (riddles, epic poetry and homilies) alongside the conceptions of time expressed in early medieval scientific texts, calendars, and other cultural and religious practices. Working across the disciplinary boundaries of literary criticism and the histories of religion and science, it asks how medieval religious communities might mark out their various preoccupations with ‘time’ within literary texts.

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