J.R. Hall

J.R. Hall
Professor Emeritus of English

313 Somerville Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Middle English Language and Literature
  • Old English Language and Literature
  • History of Old English Studies


  • Postdoctoral Study, Indiana University, Linguistics (1975, summer; 1977, summer)
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, English (1973)
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, English (1970)
  • B.A., St. John Fisher College, Economics (1968)

Courses Taught

  • Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Advanced English Grammar
  • History of the English Language
  • Junior Seminar: Major Authors of British Literature
  • Chaucer: Major Works
  • Old English Grammar and Readings
  • Beowulf

Selected Publications

“Three Studies on the Manuscript Text of Beowulf: Lines 47b, 747b, and 2232a.” Beatus Vir: Studies in Early English and Norse Manuscripts in Memory of Phillip Pulsiano. Ed. A. N. Doane and Kirsten Wolf. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006. 441-70.

Beowulf 2009a: f… bifongen.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 106:04 (2007): 417-27.

Beowulf 1741a: we and the Supplementary Evidence.” ANQ 21:1 (2008): 3-9.

Beowulf 3179a: hlafordes (hry)re.” Notes and Queries 56.2 (2009): 166-69.

“Avitus.” Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: https://saslc.nd.edu/entries.html. 2011. On line publication (10 pages) of an entry on Alcimus Ecdicius Avitus, also to be published in the hard copy version of Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture.

“The Sword Hrunting in Beowulf: Unlocking the Word hord.” Studies inPhilology 109.1 (2012): 1-18.

“Supplementary Evidence and the Manuscript Text of Beowulf: A Survey of Sources.” English Past and Present: Selected Papers from the IAUPE Conference in 2010. Ed. Wolfgang Viereck. Bamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft, 55. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012. 9-25.