Dr Alaric Hall

Dr Alaric Hall


My teaching, research, and supervision focus on Britain and Scandinavia, 500-1600, and modern Icelandic language and culture. For the most up-to-date information on my activities, web-resources, and publications, see http://www.alarichall.org.uk.

Research interests

I work mainly on early medieval Britain; medieval Scandinavia; and modern Icelandic culture. My current research investigates four main areas:

  • Comparative study of early medieval cultures, particularly in north-west Europe.
  • Medieval Icelandic romance: its cultural meanings, and its long life through the early modern period to the present day.
  • Modern Icelandic literature about the 2008 Icelandic financial crisis.
  • Wikipedia.

For the most up-to-date list of my publications, including links to free-access texts, forthcoming articles, and abstracts see http://www.alarichall.org.uk/bibliog.php.

For working papers see http://www.alarichall.org.uk/iease.php.

I also edit Leeds Studies in English, for which I'm always seeking good submissions.

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  • BA Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
  • M.Phil. Medieval Studies
  • Ph.D. English Literature

Student education

Postgraduate supervision

My postgraduate supervision focuses on language, literature and history in early medieval Britain and medieval Scandinavia, and on modern medievalism.

I welcome postgraduate research applications in these fields.


Teaching is one of the most fun things that I do, and is the single most important thing to me in my job here at Leeds. I particularly enjoy that fact that my students have almost never studied my subjects at school: we get to start from scratch, looking at some amazing material which people generally haven't had a chance to study before. The texts I teach were mostly written in medieval English or Scandinavian languages, and although I teach a lot in translation, it's also a central aim for me to help students access and appreciate this material in the original language--and through this to open up other opportunities for language-learning in future.

I frequently teach Old and modern Icelandic, Old and Middle English, and a variety of modules focusing on medieval cultural history.

Current postgraduate researchers

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