College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies


Scholars in our department have a long tradition of research and teaching in the area of Germanic philology, which we define broadly as the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Germanic peoples from the first centuries CE until around the end of the 14th century. We collaborate closely with Tracy Alan Hall in German(ic) linguistics as well as with other colleagues at IU, and we participate in joint research projects with scholars from all over the world – from Russia to Iceland and Australia. We also try to involve our students as much as possible in our research.

The current focus of Kari Ellen Gade's research is on Old Norse philology, with an emphasis on Old Norse skaldic poetry and metrics. She teaches courses on Old Norse language and literature, Vikings and Sagas, Gothic, Old High German, and Old Saxon.

Robert Fulk (Department of English) pursues research in early Germanic languages and literatures, especially Old English, Middle English, and Old Icelandic, with particular interests in historical phonology and morphology, dialectology, metrics, manuscript studies, and textual editing. He teaches medieval English, Welsh, and Irish languages and literatures.

Selected Publications:

R.D. Fulk, "Beowulf and Language History," in: Leonard Neidorf (ed.), The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014): 19-36.

R.D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles (eds.), Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, 4th ed., corrected reprint (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2013).

Colin J. Grant, "Interview with Robert D. Fulk," Journal of English Linguistics 42(4) (2014), 359-79.

Kari Ellen Gade, "Ælfric in Iceland," in: Judy Quinn, Kate Heslop, and Tarrin Wills (eds.), Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World: Essays in Honour of Margaret Clunies Ross (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007): 321-39.

Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry for from the Kings' Sagas 2: From c. 1036 to c. 1300, 2 vols, Vol. 2 of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009). Pp. cvii+ 914. Interactive electronic edition released to subscribers 1.1.2013:

Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold, eds., Poetry from Treatises on Poetics, 2 vols., Vol. 3 of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming autumn 2015).

Germanic Studies
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