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Lizzie Marshall

Education and Experience

Lizzie received a first class Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, and an MLitt in Medieval English from the University of St Andrews. Her Master’s dissertation focussed on the landscapes and animals the Old English Physiologus, the latter of which was partially preparatory for her proposed doctoral thesis about wolves in Old English texts. 

This thesis, titled ‘”The Wolf in the Story”: Wolves as violent monsters and speaking humans in Old English literature’, explores the wolf’s relationship to speech, language and voice in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, and how this affects its reputation as a monstrous and violent creature. Studying texts such as Beowulf, Wulf and Eadwacer, and Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies, Lizzie hopes to prove that the themes of outlawry, monstrosity and loss of speech are key to the Anglo-Saxon portrayal of the animal, and to discover how widespread these associations were both temporally and geographically, by exploring classical, biblical, Welsh, Irish and Norse texts.

Lizzie Marshall



PhD student: Old English literature