Interview with Kate Marlow

Our next seminar will be taken by Kate Marlow on 15th October 2018. As usual tea and biscuits will be served at 17:40 with the seminar starting at 18:00. Below we talked to Kate about Beowulf and Lawyers.

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from?

I’m from London originally, and I did my undergrad in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin.

What brought you to Durham?

I came to Durham because of its great reputation for medieval studies, and because my brother was here and having a great time!

What is your favourite thing about the medieval/early modern period?

My favourite thing about the medieval period is that you have to be really interdisciplinary when you use your sources. 

What does your research focus on?

 My research focuses on ethnic identity in Anglo-Saxon England and medieval Iceland. 

What do you plan to focus on in your seminar?

As I’ve just finished my first year, my seminar focuses on some of the methodology I’m going to be using in my thesis. 

If you were not in academia, what would you be doing?

 If I wasn’t doing a PhD I’d probably be a lawyer like my dad wanted, but I already work with enough monsters.

Do you have a favourite medieval/early modern text?

It’s a bit cliche, but my favourite medieval text is Beowulf. The monster fights are great and Beowulf makes a really great tragic hero.


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