Andrew Rabin

Associate Professor
Email: andrew.rabin @ louisville.edu
Phone:502-852-1722
Office Hours: Fall Term: TTh 9:30 - 11:30;
and by appointment

 

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Extensive practice in literary analysis and in the forms and conventions of writing about various literary genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105 or WGST 199. Note: Cross-listed with WGST 325. The literary treatment of women by both female and male authors of the Western tradition.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105, membership in English Honors Program. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Two seminars required of all students within the departmental honors program.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 310 or 300 Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Formerly ENGL-313; credit may not be earned for this course by students with credit for ENGL-313. Study of selected works, in a variety of genres, from the beginning through Shakespeare. Taught with attention to historical and cultural context. Historical period: pre-1700.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; ENGL 306 and 310. Study of selected theories for the interpretation of literary and other texts, from the New Criticism to the present.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105: junior standing. Readings in the original language of Old English prose and poetry.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 105; junior standing. In-depth study of selected movements, genres, topics, or groupings of writers from the Old and/or Middle English periods. Historical Period: pre-1700.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. In-depth study of selected movements, genres, topics or groupings of writers from the Restoration and/or Eighteenth Century periods. Historical Period: 1700-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. Note: A maximum of 6 hours in special-topics courses may be counted toward the major. Topics to be announced in schedule of courses. Historical Period: varies by semester.
Topics to be announced in schedule of courses. Historical Period: varies by semester.
Prerequisite: ENGL 310; junior standing. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). In-depth analysis of and intensive writing about a focused area of study within the discipline of English.
Introduces students to research methods, print and electronic resources, strategies for reading and writing scholarly texts, and the seminar format.
Intensive survey of the major literary figures and intellectual traditions of medieval England , with attention to modern critical approaches.
Intensive survey of the major literary figures and intellectual traditions of Eighteenth Century England, with attention to modern critical approaches.
A selective survey of theories of interpretation from the New Criticism to the present, and of interpretive practices based on these theories.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. from University of Chicago

Teaching Areas

  • Old and Middle English Literature

Research Interests

  • Old English Language and Literature, Anglo-Saxon Law, History of the English Language, Middle English Literature, Medieval Theories of Language and Rhetoric

Select Publications

Book Length

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.mun.ca/mst/heroicage/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.

Articles:

“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.