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Dr Anya Adair

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Dr Anya Adair

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Assistant Professor

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Anya Adair researches medieval English literature, as well as pre-modern English law and legal culture. Her focus is the Old English period, but her research extends also to Old Norse and Anglo-Latin, medieval language interaction, book history and manuscript studies, poetry and poetics, digital humanities, and the history of the English language.

Anya holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, graduate degrees in English from Melbourne and Oxford, and a PhD in English Literature from Yale. She has taught creative writing, medieval and early modern English literature, the history of the English language, palaeography and codicology, and digital humanities.

The historical scope of Anya’s present research covers the seventh to the sixteenth centuries. It aims to unite more closely the fields of medieval law and medieval literature, and to provide insight into the intellectual, emotional and social dimensions of legal and literary production across the period. Her interest in legal and literary culture takes her work into the history of emotion, historical linguistics, religious writing, poetry, poetics and rhetoric, as well as palaeography, codicology, and the history of law. In all of these dimensions, Anya’s research is driven by a fascination with the minutiae of language, and the potential of its smallest detail to solve the puzzles of the past.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2009University of MelbourneBA(Hons)
2009University of MelbourneLLB
2017Yale UniversityPhD
2015Yale UniversityMA
2015Yale UniversityMPhil
2013University of OxfordMSt
2009University of MelbourneDipML(Russian)
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2020-07-01Faculty Research Awards for Junior Tenure-track Professoriate Staff: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2019-12-01Outstanding Teaching Award (Team Award), ‘BA&LLB Programme Curriculum’: The University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2017-05-01Travel Award for ISAS CESTA Early Career Workshop in Digital Humanities: International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
Others
2015-05-01Noah Webster Prize: School of English, Yale University
Research Achievement
2016-06-01Prize Teaching Fellowship: Yale University
Teaching Accomplishment
2017-05-01Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Prize: School of English, Yale University
Research Achievement
2015-03-01K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award: Association of American Colleges and Universities
Teaching Accomplishment
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
03/2015 - 06/2017Chair & Member, Graduate Student CommitteeMedieval Academy of America
01/2013 - 07/2019MemberAustralian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
03/2016 - 07/2019MemberModern Language Association
01/2016 - 07/2019MemberEarly English Text Society
06/2013 - 07/2019MemberInternational Society of Anglo-Saxonists
03/2016 - 06/2017Member, Editorial BoardYale Journal of Law and Humanities
03/2014 - 07/2019MemberNew Chaucer Society
06/2015 - 06/2019MemberDigital Scholarship in the Humanities
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Old Norse
Old English
Medieval English literature
Manuscript studies
Legal history
Law and literature
Digital humanities
Book history
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English英語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English英文
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