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Dabney Bankert  

Professor of Medieval Literature
Head, Department of English

Keezell 217
Phone: 540-568-6797 (office) 540-290-4362 (home)
Fax: 540-568-2983
Email: bankerda@jmu.edu

Courses: Fall 2015

Eng 600: Research Methods

Medieval literature: Old English, Middle English, Old Norse/Icelandic, Old Irish, Chaucer;           Hagiography; Bibliographic and Textual Criticism; Anglo-Saxon literature &
          lexicography; History of Nineteenth-Century Medieval scholarship, Manuscript and                     early book history

Ph.D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Certificate in Modern Icelandic
M.A., English, Western Washington University
B.A., French, Michigan State University

Professional and Administrative:
Reviewer:  Old English Newsletter (History of the Discipline), 2006-2011
Faculty-Member-in-Residence, London, Fall 2004

Interview on The Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary and Carrier Library's unique
          copy, with Sarah McConnell. With Good Reason, National Public Radio
          (Virginia). February 12, 2011.

Current Research:
An Inconvenient Dictionary: Forgetting Bosworth-Toller, One Letter at a Time, book in draft

"R. T. Hampson’s “Lost” Transcipt of Cotton Tiberius B.i," article under review

"'Stille as stoon,' Deep Thoughts, and Metaphorical Movement in Chaucer's Poetry,"
          article in progress

"Chaucer's Surreal Regions: World-Building in the Late Fourteenth Century," article in

Research Awards:
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2013-2014

JMU, College of Arts & Letters Educational Leave, Spring 2012

Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts & Letters, Summer 2012

Cordell Research Fellow, Indiana State University Cordell Collection, Summer 2010

JMU, International Programs Faculty Development Grant, summer 2009 (Oxford);
          Summer 2011 (Leeds and Oxford)

JMU, College of Arts & Letters, CAL Faculty Incentive Grant, May 2009 (Oxford)

JMU, College of Arts & Letters, CAL Faculty Incentive Grant for the development of
          an interdisciplinary course, Manuscript and Print Culture in the Late Middle Ages
          and Early Modern Periods (with Mark Rankin), Summer 2008 [course taught
          Spring 2009]

The Laurence Urdang-DSNA Award, Dictionary Society of North American, summer 2007

JMU Faculty Educational Leave, Spring 2004

Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University, Spring 2004

The Falconer Madan Prize & The Bibliographical Society (England) Fellowship, 2004

The Laurence Urdang-DSNA Award, Dictionary Society of North America, 2002

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts
          and Texts at The British Library, 2001

Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts and Letters, 1998, 2002, 2007

College of Arts and Letters Faculty Summer Research Grants, 2000, 2006

University of Illinois Dissertation Fellowships, 1994, 1995

Pauline Dillon Gragg Fellowships, 1994. 1995

University of Illinois International Dissertation Research Grant, 1993

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Teaching Awards:
James Madison University:
Nominated for the Provost Graduate Advising Award, 2011

Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning:  A Workshop for Faculty and
          Librarians, Carrier Library, Summer 2006

Outstanding Educator Commendations, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

College of Arts & Letters Faculty Enhancement Grant (with Mark Rankin), for
          the development of an upper-level English course:  "Manuscript and Print Culture
          in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Eras," Spring 2008

University of Illinois:
Harriet and Charles Luckmann Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Liberal Arts and Sciences College Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
          for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Leo B. Kneer Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the Department of English

"Benjamin Thorpe's Influence on Joseph Bosworth's 1838 'A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon           Language,' Old English Tradition: Essays in Honor of J.R. Hall. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS           (forthcoming 2015).

Review of Rebecca Brackmann, The Elizabethan Invention of Anglo-Saxon England:
          Laurence Nowell, William Lambarde, and the Study of Old English
(Cambridge: D.S.           Brewer, 2012). In The Medieval Review (13.03.03, Spring 2013).

“Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson C.887: An Unpublished Seventeenth-Century
          Anglo-Saxon Glossary by Nathaniel Spinckes.” The Library: Transactions of the
          Bibliographical Society
13 (2012): 400-422.

“Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Print Culture in Theory and Practice”           (with Mark Rankin), in “Teaching Book History,” special issue of Studies in Medieval           and Renaissance Teaching 19.1 (Spring 2012): 75-91.

“Legendary Lexicography: Joseph Bosworth’s Hidden Debt to Henry J. Todd’s Edition
          of Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language: Cunning
          passages, contrived Corridors
: Unexpected Essays in the History of
          Lexicography”, Ed. Michael Adams, Milan: Polimetrica Press 2011. pp 25-55.

"Stranger in a Strange Land:  The Undergraduate in the Academic Library, A
          Collaborative Pedagogy for Undergraduate Research," Winter/Spring 2008:
          37.1 (http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/371index.htmCEA Forum
          (with Melissa Van Vuuren).

“Memorials, Tributes, History of the Discipline, for 2009,” The Year’s Work in Old English           Studies in Old English Newsletter: For 2004: 39.2 (2006): 9-14; for 2005: 40.2 (2007):           8-15; for 2006: 41.2 (2008); 10-23); for 2007 (forthcoming); for 2008 (in progress); for           2009: 43:1-2 (2011): 12-21.

“Teaching the Middle Ages through Travel in a Semester Residential Program,” Studies
          in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching
16.1 (2009): 39-70.

"Old English Dictionaries," Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2d ed. Ed.
          Keith Brown. Oxford: Elsevier, 2005.

Review of The Correspondence of Edward Lye. Ed. Margaret Clunies Ross and Amanda
          J. Collins. Publication of the Dictionary of Old English 6. Toronto: Pontifical Institute
          of Mediaeval Studies, 2004. In Journal of English and Germanic Philology
          106.3 (2007): 414-416.

“Anglo-Saxon Conversion Narratives: Research Problems and Pedagogical
          Oportunities,” Approaches to Current Scholarship and Teaching, ed. Paul Cavill.
          D.S. Brewer, 2004. 141-52.

"Secularizing the Word: Conversion Models in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde,"
          Chaucer Review 37 (2003): 196-218.

"T. Northcote Toller and the Making of the Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Supplement,"
          Textual and Material Culture in Anglo-Saxon England: Thomas Northcote Toller
          and the Toller Memorial Lectures
. Ed. Donald Scragg. D.S. Brewer, 2003. 301-21.

“Reconciling Family and Faith:  Ælfric's Lives of Saints and Domestic Dramas
          of Conversion,” Via Crucis:  Essays on Early Medieval Sources and Ideas in
          Memory of J. E. Cross,
eds. Thomas N. Hall, Thomas D. Hill, and Charles D.
          Wright.  Medieval European Studies I.  West Virginia University Press, 2002.  138-57.

Ambrose in Anglo-Saxon England with Pseudo-Ambrose and Ambrosiaster.  Old
          English Newsletter, [Monograph] Subsidia 25.  Kalamazoo, MI:  The Medieval
          Institute for the Modern Language Association of America, 1997 (with
          Jessica Wegmann and Charles D. Wright).

"Ambrose in Anglo-Saxon England with Pseudo-Ambrose and Ambrosiaster." 
          Website under construction. (created by William Schipper and Larry Swain).

“Ambrose in Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture,” Old English Newsletter 27:1
          (1993):  30-4 (with Jessica Wegmann).

“Ambrose” (with Jessica Wegmann and Charles D. Wright), “Coelestinus I”
          and “Capreolus of Carthage,” forthcoming in Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary
, eds. Frederick M. Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, and Paul E. Szarmach. 
          Kalamazoo, MI:  Medieval Institute Publications.

Selected Recent Presentations:
"GOD and MAN in Old English: Lexical Construction of the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian           Cultural Past," The Fourth International Symposium on Approaches to English
          Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (OX-LEX4), Pembroke College, Oxford
          University, March 25-27, 2015.

“Is it a sword, a temple-curtain, or a veil? Teaching Chaucer through Footnotes,”
          Roundtable on Teaching Chaucer, Medieval Association of the Midwest Session,                     47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 2012.

“R.T. Hampson’s ‘Lost’ Transcript of Cotton Tiberius B.i,” International Medieval
          Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, July 2011.

“Bosworth’s Ladies: The Influence of Women on A Dictionary of the Anglo-
          Saxon Language
.” Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, November
          2010, Roanoke, VA.

“Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson C.887: An Unpublished Seventeenth-
          Century Anglo-Saxon Glossary by Nathaniel Spinckes,” Center for Medieval
          Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Early Medievalisms 1600-1800
          session, The 45th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI,
          May 2010.

“[S]omething like Mair’s Tyro’s Dictionary, with an Index”:  Planning A
 of the Anglo-Saxon Language, XVIIth Biennial Meeting of the
          Dictionary Society of North America, Indiana University, Bloomington, May
          2009 [solicited].

“Channel Crossings:  Joseph Bosworth’s A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language
          in the Netherlands, 1829-1840,” The Medieval Academy Session, 43rd
          International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,
          May 7-11, 2008.

“The Gentleman Philologist and Lexical Nationalism: The Making of Joseph
          Bosworth’s 1838 A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language.” 
          Bibliographical Society Lecture Series.  University College London.  December,

“Benjamin Thorpe’s Influence on Joseph Bosworth’s A Dictionary of the Anglo-
          Saxon Language.
”  Southeastern Medieval Association Conference.  University
          of Mississippi, October 2006.

“On Compiling A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language:  Methodological Evidence
          For Crafting of Entries from the Bodlelain Library Manuscripts,” 41st
          International Medieval Studies, Western Michigan Universith, May 2006 (Early
          Book Society Sponsored Session).

“Bosworth’s Books: Evidence for the Compilation of Joseph Bosworth’s Edition of
          A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language
from the Bodleian Library Bequest,”
          39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,
          May, 2004.
“An Uncaged Treasure:  The History, Travels, and Provenance of The Carrier Library
          Copy of The Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary,” Carrier Library,
          James Madison University, November 15, 2001.

“Strange Bedfellows:  Thomas Northcote Toller, Joseph Bosworth, John Dee, and
          the Making of the Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Supplement,” The British Library,
          London, August 2001.

“Anglo-Saxon Conversion Narratives:  Research Problems and
          Pedagogical Opportunities,” The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England:
          Issues in Teaching and Research, The University of Glamorgan:  Christianity and
          the Humanities Project, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England,
          January 2001.

“Secularizing the Word:  Conversion and Gender in Chaucer's Troilus and
,” Sewanee Mediaeval Colloquium:  Celebrating Chaucer in 2000: 
          His World, His Work, His Legacy, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN,
          March 2000.  Respondent:  R.A. Shoaf.

“Women's Experience of Conversion in Old Norse Literature,” Modern
          Language Association Convention, Toronto, December 1997.

“The Conversion Stories in Ælfric's Lives of Saints,” Symposium on Irish and Anglo-
          Saxon Literary Culture in Honor of J. E. Cross, International Congress on
          Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1996.

Beowulf, The Celts and the Critics,” Modern Language Association Convention,
          Chicago, December 1995.   

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