Amy Mulligan


Amy C. Mulligan, Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature

Professor Mulligan ( M.Phil, D.Phil, University of Oxford) conducts research and publishes on the languages, literatures and cultures of medieval Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia, with particular emphasis on cultural and literary exchange among the Irish, Welsh, English and Scandinavian peoples in the medieval North Atlantic. Professor Mulligan’s earlier projects and publications have explored non-normative corporeality, gender and national identity in medieval Irish and Old Norse-Icelandic literature, and her current research focuses on the role that written accounts of the Irish landscape and imagined Irish environmental spaces played in constructions of Ireland and the Irish circulating in Ireland and Europe from the 8th through the 13th centuries.

Professor Mulligan has also written about poets and political literary myths, gender, sovereignty and depictions of the body politic, and the role of geography in Irish and Icelandic narratives. She is co-editor of Moving Words: Literacies, Texts and Verbal Communities of the Nordic Middle Ages (under contract with Brepols). Her publications have appeared in the journals Speculum, Journal of English and Germanic Philology,Studies in Philology, and Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, and in the volumes Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Norman Tradition and Transcultural Heritage (Ashgate, 2013). She has held major research fellowships at the University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, the Centre for Viking and Medieval Studies (Oslo), University of Michigan, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisconsin), and the Centre for Medieval Studies (Bergen). 

In 2016, Professor Mulligan won two prestigious fellowships—one a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and the other a Fulbright for her current book project “A Landscape of Words: Ireland, Britain, and the Poetics of Irish Space from 700-1300."

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