Professor Email: andrew.rabin @ louisville.edu
Andrew Rabin joined the English Department in 2005 after receiving his B.A. from Grinnell College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research examines the law and literature of early medieval England. His most recent book, The Political Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Manchester, 2015), concerns the political and legal works of Anglo-Saxon England’s most influential social theorist. His next book, The DisputatioPuerorum: An Ninth- Century Monastic Instructional Text (to be published in 2017 by the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies), provides the first modern edition of one of the most widely-used Carolingian manuals of theology. In addition, he has edited multiple essay collections on early English law and published articles in such journals as Modern Philology, Studies in Philology, the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, and (because he occasionally likes to publish in venues that don’t have “philology” in the title) Speculum. Professor Rabin is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Professor Rabin teaches courses on Old and Middle English literature, literature and law, and the history of literary theory from Plato to the present. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Department of English.
Andrew Rabin, The Political Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Manchester: Manchester University Press), forthcoming, 2014.
Andrew Rabin, ed. Dante: The Inferno, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, vol. 142 (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale-Cengage), 2012.
Andrew Rabin, ed. The Venerable Bede, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, vol. 130 (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale-Cengage), 2011.
Andrew Rabin, ed., Law and Legal Culture in Early Medieval Europe, Heroic Age, vol. 14, no. 2 (2011). http://www.heroicage.org/issues/14/toc.php.
Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver, and Andrew Rabin, eds. English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (Leiden: Brill), 2010.
“Courtly Habits: Monastic Women’s Legal Literacy in Early Anglo-Saxon England,” in Virginia Blanton, Veronica O’Meara, and Patricia Stoop, eds. Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue (Turnhout: Brepols), forthcoming.
“Archbishop Wulfstan’s ‘Compilation on Status’ in the Textus Roffensis,” in Barbara Bombi and Bruce O’Brien, eds. Textus Roffensis: Law, Language, and Libraries in Medieval England (Turnhout: Brepols), forthcoming.
“Witnessing Kingship: Royal Power and the Legal Subject in the Old English Laws,” in Gale Owen Crocker, ed. Kingship, Legislation and Power in Anglo-Saxon England (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013), pp. 219-36
“Holy Bodies, Legal Matters: Reaction and Reform in the Early Eleventh Century,” Studies in Philology, v. 110, no. 2 (2013): 220-265.
“Law and Justice” in Jacqueline Stodnick and Renee Trilling, eds. The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012), pp. 85-98.
“Testimony and Authority in Old English Law: Writing the Subject in the Fonthill Letter,” in Robert S. Sturges, ed. Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, v. 28 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011) pp. 153-72.
“Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen,” in Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver, and Andrew Rabin, eds. English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 1-8.
“Ritual Magic or Legal Performance? Reconsidering an Old English Charm Against Theft,” in Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver, and Andrew Rabin, eds. English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 177-198.
“Evidence for Wulfstan’s Authorship of the Old English Að,” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, v. 111, no. 1(2010): 43-52.
“Hypermetric Verse in an Old English Charm Against Theft,” Notes & Queries, v. 56, no. 4 (2009): 482-85.
“A Once and Future Dude: The Big Lebowski as Medieval Grail-Quest,” in The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, ed. Aaron Jaffe and Edward Commentale (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009), pp. 58-73.
“Female Advocacy and Royal Protection in Tenth Century England: The Legal Career of Queen Ælfthryth,” Speculum, v. 84, no. 2 (April, 2009): 261-88.Winner of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 2011 Prize for Best Article of the 2009-10 Biennium
“Bede, Dryhthelm, and the Witness to the Other World: Testimony and Conversion in the Historia Ecclesiastica,” Modern Philology, v. 106, no. 3 (February, 2009): 375-98.
“Anglo-Saxon Women Before the Law: Student Editions of Five Old English Lawsuits,” Old English Newsletter, v. 41, no. 3 (2008): 33-56.
"'The Snare of Deceitful Thoughts': Reading Holofernes's Flynet in the Old English Judith," TheKentucky Philological Review, v. 22 (2008): 46-54.
“Old English forespeca and the Role of the Advocate in Old English Law,” Mediæval Studies, v. 69 (2007): 223-54.
“The Wolf’s Testimony to the English: Law and the Witness in the Sermo Lupi ad Anglos,”JEGP, v. 105, no. 3 (2006): 388-414.
“Historical Re-Collections: Rewriting the World Chronicle in Bede’s De Temporum Ratione,” Viator 36 (2005): 23-39.