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Irina Dumitrescu

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Yale University


Irina DumitrescuProf. Dumitrescu has left SMU for another position. She can be reached at irinaalexandradumitrescu @ gmail.com.

Irina Dumitrescu specializes in Anglo-Saxon literature. Research interests include performance studies, language learning, and sex, violence and humour in the Middle Ages. She is completing a book on desire and pain in Anglo-Saxon depictions of pedagogical encounters.



Courses taught

  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Studies in Medieval Literature: Medieval Epic
  • Topics in Medieval Literature: Old English Language and Literature
  • Topics in Medieval Literature: Anglo-Saxon Literature
  • Medieval Writers: Violence in Medieval Literature
  • Medieval Literature: How the English Learned to Read (Proseminar)

Publications (selected)

  • "Bede's Liberation Philology: Releasing the English Tongue." Forthcoming in PMLA.
  • “Violence, Performance and Pedagogy in Ælfric Bata’s Colloquies.” Exemplaria 23.1 (2011): 67-91.  Also available online.
  • “The Grammar of Pain in Ælfric Bata’s Colloquies.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 45:3 (2009): 239-253. Also online at Oxford Journals.
  • “Verbal dueling.” Dragons in the Sky: English-Speaking Communities at the Close of the Millennia. Eds. Stuart Lee and Patrick W. Conner. Online book at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~stuart/dits/. 2002.