PhD in English Candidate
547 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Old English literature
- Historical linguistics
- History of the English language
- History of medicine
- MA, Ohio State University, 2015
- MPhil, Cambridge University, 2013
- BA, University of Kansas, 2011
Bethany Christiansen is currently a PhD candidate. She studies the language, literature, and cultural history of medieval England, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon period (roughly 500-1100 CE). Christiansen's research focuses on early medieval medical texts, particularly medical manuscripts produced in England between 1000-1130 CE and the sexual and reproductive medicine they contain. Her dissertation-in-progress is titled "Women's Medicine in England, 1000-1130: Evidence of Medical Manuscripts with a focus on the Herbarium Tradition."
Her current research also includes lexical-semantic studies of Old English and Latin words related to anatomy, sex, and reproduction; late antique and early medieval attitudes toward contraception; and translation of medical vocabulary in Latin-to-Old English and Old English-to-Latin contexts. Christiansen's broader interests include the history of the English language, the history of medicine and science, English lexicography, manuscript studies and literacy studies.