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University Hall 5040
(205) 934-9968

Research and Teaching Interests: Old and Middle English, Old Norse-Icelandic, death and material culture, memory studies, medieval law, medieval women’s studies

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

  • B.A., Truman State University (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • M.A., Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois

A native of northern Missouri, Jill Hamilton Clements works primarily on Old English language and literature, with research interests in medieval views of death and dying, practices of commemoration, and early medieval law. Her current book project, Writing the Dead in Early Medieval England, examines the interplay of dead bodies and texts in early English commemorative genres, including Northumbrian stone sculpture, and in religious and heroic poetry. Her work has been published in Gesta and in Anglo-Saxon England, and she has recently contributed chapters in Death in Medieval Europe: Death Scripted and Death Choreographed (Routledge, 2017) and in Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2018). She also has a piece on teaching gender in Beowulf that is forthcoming in the new Practical Guide for Teaching Beowulf, and has recently begun working on hell-mouths and the motif of "swallowing the damned" in early medieval textual and visual culture. (You can find more information about Dr. Clements’ ongoing work on Academia.edu.)

Clements has taught a range of literature and language courses, including Old English, the history of the English language, and topics courses on "Avengers and Valkyries: Gender in Medieval Epic" and on monsters and monstrosity from Beowulf to Frankenstein. Drawing on her background in art history and material culture, she is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to medieval texts and written artifacts. Students in her literature courses have opportunities to consider issues of language and interpretation alongside visual sources such as maps, stone inscriptions, archaeological finds, and manuscript illuminations. Clements also co-organizes with Dr. Walt Ward in the History Department a regular film night, Dinner+Movie, which features a faculty lecture about the pre-modern world on film.

Select Publications

  • Jill Hamilton Clements, "Gender and Identity." The Practical Guide for Teaching Beowulf. Ed. Aaron Hostetter and Larry Swain. (Kalamazoo: MIP/De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • Jill Hamilton Clements, "Sudden Death in Early Medieval England and the Anglo-Saxon Fortunes of Men," in Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Thea Tomaini, (Brill, 2018), 36-67.
  • Jill Hamilton Clements, "Writing and Commemoration in Anglo-Saxon England," in Routledge History of Death in Medieval Europe: Death Scripted and Death Choreographed, ed. Joëlle Rollo-Koster (Routledge, 2017), 9-39.
  • Jill Hamilton Clements, “Reading, Writing and Resurrection: Cynewulf’s Runes as a Figure of the Body,” Anglo-Saxon England 43 (2014):133-54.
  • Jill Hamilton Clements, “The Construction of Queenship in the Illustrated Estoire de Seint Aedward le Rei,” Gesta 52 (No. 1, 2013):21-42.

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • International Center of Medieval Art
  • Southeastern Medieval Association