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Dr Brendan O'Connell B.A. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Dublin)Assistant Professor, MPhil Co-Ordinator, Director of MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture

Research and Teaching Interests

Brendan O’Connell teaches Medieval Literature, in particular the poetry of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. At Freshman level, he is the module co-ordinator for The Gods in Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Romance; he also teaches on Fables, and Beginnings of English Poetry. At Sophister level, he leads the year-long option, Challenging Chaucer, and the one-semester module on the Gawain-poet. He also offers an MPhil option on Dreamers and Mystics in Medieval England, and contributes to core MPhil modules on Medieval Culture and Society and Medieval Thought. His research interests are primarily in the works of English poets of the fourteenth century, with a particular focus on medieval poetics; he is also very interested in beast literature, the ethics of fiction, and the relationship between literature and law in the period. He is currently the director of the MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture, and is also a College Tutor.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


  • Transmission and Generation in Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Honour of John Scattergood, eds. Brendan O’Connell and Karen Hodder (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012) 


  • Chaucer’s “Beast Group” and Mother Hubberds Tale.’ In Reading and Rereading Chaucer and Spenser: Dan Geffrey with the New Poete, ed. Tamsin Badcoe, Gareth Griffith and Rachel Stenner (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming).

  •  ‘The Erkenwald-poet.’ In Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic, ed. Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy (North Carolina: McFarland, forthcoming).

  • ‘Geoffrey Chaucer.’ In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature (September 2016).

  • ‘“Struglyng Wel and Myghtily”: Resisting Rape in the Man of Law's Tale.’ Medium Ævum 84.1 (2015): 16-39.

  • ‘Chaucer’s Counterfeit Exempla.’ In Chaucer's Poetry: Words, Authority and Ethics, ed. Clíodhna Carney and Frances McCormack (Dublin: Four Courts, 2013), pp. 134-45.

  • ‘The Poetics of Fraud: Jean de Meun, Dante and Chaucer.’ In Chaucer in Context: A Golden Age of English Poetry, ed. Gerald Morgan (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012), pp. 261-78.

  • ‘Culture and Dispute in Dialogus de Scaccario.’ In Transmission and Generation in Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Honour of John Scattergood, ed. Brendan O’Connell and Karen Hodder (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), pp. 52-64.

  • ‘“Ignotum per ignocius”: Alchemy, Analogy and Poetics in Fragment VIII of The Canterbury Tales’. In Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts, ed. Kathy Cawsey and Jason Harris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp. 131-56.

  • ‘Adam Scriveyn and the Falsifiers of Dante’s Inferno: A New Interpretation of Chaucer’s Wordes.’ Chaucer Review 40.1 (2005): 39-56.



Dr Brendan O'Connell
School of English
Trinity College
University of Dublin
Dublin 2

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MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture

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