CCTE 2018

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This is a quick reminder that I will be giving a presentation entitled “Teaching the 9th-Century Heliand in the 21st-Century Classroom” tomorrow morning at 9:15 at the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) at Tarleton State University. I am excited to have the chance to talk about my experiences teaching the Heliand over the past two years, so feel free to drop in if you are attending the conference. I will be tweeting the room number for the session after registration tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes open.



Old Saxon Publications and MLA 2018

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This is a brief post to let everyone know about a few developments and events that are on my horizon. First, I am excited to announce that my first article on the Heliand, “Historical Infanticide and the ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ in the Old Saxon Heliand,” is forthcoming in Neophilologus. I have attached a link to an online preview of the article and to the article’s DOI link below. I am also happy to say that this article will be followed by another publication, “Joseph and the Name ‘Jesus’ in the Old Saxon Heliand,” in Modern Philology. The publication date for this second piece is still pending, but I will be sure to post the information here as soon as I know more.

Online Preview

DOI Link

I would also like to let everyone know that I will be at the 2018 MLA convention in New York. While I will not be presenting a paper, I will be available to meet up, talk, and catch up. Feel free to contact me via email if you will also be there.




CFP: Texas Medieval Association 2017

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As many of you who know me are aware, I have been a member of the Texas Medieval Association for most of my professional career. I am pleased to say that this year’s meeting of the Texas Medieval Association will take place at my own institution, Baylor University, on September 29-30. I am honestly excited to help host all of my medievalist colleagues, both from Texas and across the world. The conference website can be found here.  Below is the CFP:

Baylor University is pleased to invite papers and panels on all topics in medieval studies for TEMA 2017.  Both abstracts for individual papers and sets of abstracts for full sessions are welcome. We especially welcome papers and panels focusing on the 2017 conference theme:author and all related words.  Possible foci include but are by no means limited to:





                           COLLECTIVE AUTHORSHIP

                            CONTESTED AUTHORSHIP

                           ANONYMOUS AUTHORSHIP












Papers may be delivered in either English or Spanish. If the presentation language will be Spanish, please specify this. Send abstracts (in English) of approximately 200 words to Cristian Bratu ( no later than August 1st, 2017. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on and space may become limited after this date. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student. 

I hope to see everyone in September!




Old Saxon at Kalamazoo!

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For those of you attending this year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, I would like to give a quick plug for the second annual “Studies in the Heliand” panel. The panel will take place on Thursday (May 11) at 3:30 in Valley III Stinson 306. The turnout for last year’s event was excellent, and I would love to keep building upon what I hope to be a yearly tradition. My old Baylor colleague David Eugene Clark of Suffolk County Community College will be presiding over four presentations:

“The Heliand and Theories of Germanic Intertextuality” – Paul Battles, Hanover College

“Christ, Commitatus, and Christology” – Larry J Swain, Bemidji State University

“Healing Power and the Disabled Body in the Heliand” – Perry Neil Harrison, Baylor University

“The One and the Other: Parables of Difference in the Old Saxon Heliand” – Kenneth C. Hawley, Lubbock Christian University

I’m looking forward to hearing the other papers on the panel, as well as meeting others interested in Old Saxon studies. Until then!



Flaying in the Pre-Modern World Released

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I am thrilled to announce the release of Flaying in the Pre-Modern World: Practice and Representation. My copy of this collection, spearheaded by Larissa Tracy, arrived in the mail yesterday morning. After looking through it, I can honestly say that I could not be more pleased to be a part of this book. My epilogue, entitled “Anthropodermic Bibliopegy in the Early Modern Period”, looks at the rhetorical and religious significance of skin-bound books spanning the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, all the way to the early twentieth century. I have included an Amazon link to the collection below, and, as always, an early proof of my article can be found in the “Research” section of the site.

While my research into anthropodermic books over the past three years has been rewarding, I must say that it will be nice to step away from the subject for awhile and turn my full attention to other projects, specifically my work on the Old Saxon Heliand and the Old English Andreas. I will, of course, be announcing any new developments on these fronts here.



CFP: 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies

As I mentioned in my opening post, I will occasionally use my blog to share CFPs, and I can think of no worthier conference to promote than the next meeting of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. You can find a link to the association’s website under this site’s “links” tab, and I would encourage anyone to give it a look.

The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies will take place on 16-17 June 2017 at Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, USA.

The theme for this two-day international conference is “Southern Outlaws,” and proposals are welcome on any aspect of “southern” outlawry, banditry, piracy, and other transgressive activities and movements. Such topics spanning the fields of outlaws of the Southern United States, Australia, and South America are particularly welcome. Papers are also invited that explore the metaphorical and spatial conceptions of a “southern” outlaw, especially bad outlaws and trickster figures, and the ways in which geographical and topographical features create and foster outlawry. Papers on the Robin Hood tradition are also welcome. Conference participants will enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed papers from a number of academic fields: literature, history, folklore, theatre, music, anthropology, sociology, geography, art history, and media studies.

For more information on the conference and to submit abstracts, please see the conference’s webpage:

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Thank you for visiting my site. My name is Perry Neil Harrison, and I am currently finishing my PhD in medieval British literature at Baylor University. My specialty is Old English language and literature, but I also have a soft spot for medieval outlaw ballads and rare books. It will be a short while before everything on the site is “live,” so bear with me as I continue pummeling things into shape.

The blog section of this site will be updated sporadically when things of interest arise. These include musings on recent medieval studies events, updates on my research, CFPs for upcoming conferences, and abstracts for my forthcoming presentations. I also reserve the right to sneak in a few cat pictures and posts about baseball.

This site also serves as a central location for all of my scholarship and teaching materials. In addition to my current CV, I will be uploading proofs of several of my publications and updating the teaching section with syllabi and course materials semesterly, as well.

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