Author Archives: Brandon W. Hawk

That Serbian Book in Santa Clarita Diet

Apparently old books in pop culture media are becoming increasingly cool, or I’m just noticing them more lately. I get fired up every time I see manuscripts and early printed books in movies and television shows. A few recent examples include Athelstan’s Insular gospel-book in the Vikings television show, a book written in runes in Disney’s Frozen, […]

Updating GitHub

Recently somebody I’m collaborating with on a project asked me if I had a GitHub repository. It came as a bit of a wake-up question for me. Why yes, I do, and I had mostly forgotten about it. In the back of my mind, I knew that my account was there, and I vaguely knew […]

Forthcoming: “The Fifteen Signs before Judgment in Anglo-Saxon England: A Reassessment”

My article on “The Fifteen Signs before Judgment in Anglo-Saxon England: A Reassessment” is set to appear in JEGP later this year, after several years of working on the piece on and off. As I’ve mentioned before, the Fifteen Signs legend fascinates me, and I’ve revisited it at different times since I first came across it in graduate school. This […]

CFP: Decolonizing (Medieval) Historiography

Call for papers: Panel and Roundtable at the North American Conference on British Studies, Providence, Rhode Island, October 25-28, 2018 Decolonizing (Medieval) Historiography Since before Albion was folded into Journal of British Studies, scholars of Britain’s medieval past have struggled to find a place within the field of British Studies. Surely our time has come. […]

Antichrist in HEL

This semester I’m teaching a History of the English Language course, and it’s offering no end to delights in my life. I taught a HEL course only once before, as a two-semester grad seminar, with about 10 students. My course this semester is a 400-level undergraduate class with 22 students. So this time around is […]

Opening Access in Medieval Studies

The recent launch of Parker Library on the Web to the public via a new platform signals big news for medieval studies at the start of 2018. This 10th-anniversary upgrade to 2.0 brings with it compatibility with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and a Creative-Commons Non-Commercial License, so images and other data are available to use and download for […]

The Last Jedi Scriptures and Medieval Manuscripts

Since seeing Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, I can’t stop thinking about the books we see in the Jedi library on Ahch-To. To be honest, my mind was already going before seeing the movie, since the books stood out in the trailer. I wrote about them over on Forces of Geek based on what we see […]