Craig R. Davis
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As a member of the Medieval Studies Council and Comparative Literature Board, Professor Craig Davis teaches Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and Medieval Celtic languages and literatures. He studied Welsh in Aberystwyth (MA) and Icelandic in Reykjavik (Fulbright Scholar) before completing his doctorate at the University of Virginia. In 1996 he published 'Beowulf' and the Demise of Germanic Legend in England and has been the Beowulf reviewer for " The Year's Work in Old English Studies" since 1999. His essay," An Ethnic Dating of Beowulf"(2006), shared the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists' prize for best article in two years and a new essay on the poem will appear in 2014 in Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature. He has also written on Celtic Britain and Anglo-Saxon England for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (2010), as well as articles on the Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies, theories of history in traditional plots, the Old English Battle of Maldon, the Icelandic family sagas, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and the Arthurian legend in Wales, France and England. He has recently completed a set of translations from Brittonic Latin and medieval Welsh for a forthcoming anthology, Medieval and Arthurian Epic and Romance, and is currently researching two projects on the"ethnogenesis" of the Goths and the formation of Celtic Europe from Old European, Indo-European, Etruscan, Greek and Roman influences. In recent years Professor Davis has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and three times at Hamburg University in Germany. He has also lectured in Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.