Effective January 2024, Renée Trilling joins CMS as Professor / Angus Cameron Professor of Old English.
CMS Director, Elisa Brilli writes: "Professor Trilling's approach to research seamlessly combines historical, literary, and linguistic expertise with modern theoretical inquiries, creating a unique and captivating perspective on Early Medieval England (c. 600-1100 CE). Her groundbreaking work, including her influential monograph The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse (UTP 2009), has been recognized with prestigious awards and accolades and is considered a reference in the field.
In addition to her research accomplishments, Professor Trilling is an outstanding educator who has consistently demonstrated superlative teaching skills, fostering an engaging and enriching learning environment for her students. Professor Trilling's dedication to pedagogical innovation extends to her development of educational materials, such as her lecture series "Old English Literature: Language as History," recognized with the "Best Teaching Aid and Public Outreach Award” from the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England (June 2023).
Finally, Professor Trilling's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Old English and Medieval Studies has earned her recognition and grant support. Her recent partnership with the University of Birmingham to develop learning modules rooted in pedagogies of play showcases her forward-thinking approach to education. As we welcome Professor Trilling to the University of Toronto, we anticipate her significant contributions to the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of English, and the Dictionary of Old English, and her expertise and extensive academic network will undoubtedly enrich our academic community."
Welcome, Professor Renée Trilling!