Dr. Simon Thomson

Dienstbezeichnung:   Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter foto
Postanschrift:   Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Englisches Seminar
D-44780 Bochum
Raum:   FNO 02/79
Telefon:   +49-234-32-22598
Email:   simon.thomson ~~~AT~~~ rub.de
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      I am exploring textual production, readership, and reception in late Anglo-Saxon England. By considering how texts are presented, how they may relate to one another, and what meanings these presentations and connections may have had in England at the time of production and first use, I hope to move towards understanding how meanings were made and some aspects of how scriptoria functioned in the period.

      My current research focuses on the fantastical story of St Christopher, a monstrous saint who became very popular in the tenth and eleventh centuries. I am working on the transmission and adaptation of his story, with the intention of starting to understand how interpretations and uses of his legend may have varied between different communities.

      I have recently completed a PhD at University College, London, titled Towards a reception history of ‘Beowulf’ in the context of the Nowell Codex, British Library Cotton MS Vitellius A.xv, so have published and spoken a lot over the last few years on Beowulf, its manuscript, and the reign of Cnut the Great. I have also spent the last five years working as a School Improvement Specialist in Nigeria, focused on improving Federal, State, and Local government support to and understanding of classroom capacities and needs as part of ESSPIN, a UK government funded programme.


'Scribes, sources, and readers: Using a digital edition to develop understanding of the Nowell Codex', Poetica 83 (2015): 59-77

'Manuscript stability and literary corruption: our failure to understand the Beowulf manuscript', Quaestio Insularis 16 (2015): 54-71

'Capital Indications: How Scribe A thought readers should engage with the Nowell Codex', in Proceedings from the fifth International Conference 'Language, Culture, and Society in Russian / English Studies' (forthcoming)

Edited with M. D. J. Bintley, Sensory Perception in the Medieval World: Manuscripts, Texts, and Other Material Matters, Utrecht Series in Medieval Literacy (Utrecht: Brepols, forthcoming)

"Whistle While You Work": Scribal engagement with Old English poetic texts', in Thomson and Bintley, eds., Sensory Perception in the Medieval World (forthcoming)

'Introduction' to Ernst Kantorowicz's The King's Two Bodies for Mouseion Academic Texts Series (London: Macat, 2015)

‘Configuring Stasis: the appeal to tradition in the reign of Cnut the Great’, in Stasis in the Medieval World, eds. V. Symons and M. D. J. Bintley, New Middle Ages (London: Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming)

'Making an Old Text New: Reading Beowulf in an eleventh century collage', in Operating on the World: The Poetics of Collage, eds. Rona Cran and Helen Taylor (forthcoming)

With others: 'Overall findings and technical report of ESSPIN Composite Survey 1 (2012)', Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) / DfID Report ESSPIN 060, May 2013, online at http://www.esspin.org/resources/report/349.

Unpublished conference papers

'"Say what I am called": The riddling retelling of stories in Beowulf', in Language, Culture, and Society in Russian / English Studies, University of London, 27-28 July 2015

'The two artists of the Nowell Codex Wonders of the East', in COLSONOEL, University of Cambridge, 29 May 2015

'Reading Beowulf in the context of the Nowell Codex' in 'Making Meaning: Context and reception in the early medieval world', at International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 14-17 May 2015

'The fluidity of Beowulf: reading an eleventh century intercultural experiment', Research Seminar, UCL, 27 January 2015

'Presenting poetry: Scribal control over Old English poetic texts' in 'Liminal Networks', KCL, 3 June 2014

'Mistakes made, unmade, and remade: a millennium of making the Nowell codex' in 'Un/making mistakes in medieval media' at International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 8-11 May 2014

'Multiplying the hands at work on an Old English manuscript’ in ‘The Tangible and Intangible Medieval’ hosted by the London Medieval Graduate Network at KCL 28 June 2013

'Constructing a community in the king’s person: the invention of a Danish identity in the eleventh century’ in ‘Literary Identities: Kingdoms, Nations, Villages’ at KCL 3 June 2013

With Abimbola Osuntusa, ‘Deepening classroom practice in low-resource, large-scale contexts’, Learning for Sustainable Futures: Making the Connections, 13th International Conference on Education and Development, UKFIET, University of Oxford, 15-17 September 2015

'Measuring and building quality in Nigerian schools' in 'Researching Nigeria', SOAS 21 June 2014