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Dr Colleen Curran


I was awarded my BA in English and Medieval Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2011. Shortly after, I completed the MPhil in English (650-1550) at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University. I then moved to King’s College London, where I was awarded my PhD in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies in 2017. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-funded project ‘A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry’ (CLASP) based in the English Faculty at Oxford University. 

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in script changes in early medieval western Europe. In particular, I research the adoption of Caroline minuscule across those geographic areas that previously used variations of Insular script (particularly Anglo-Saxon England), and why/when/how scribes acquired Caroline minuscule.

Within the context of CLASP, I am researching the Anglo-Latin poetic tradition (c.600-1100). I am exploring the poetic functions and features of the Anglo-Latin poetic corpus in order to establish the styles and features of this particular tradition, and to define how the Anglo-Latin tradition differed and borrowed from, as well as influenced, the Continental Latin traditions.  



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