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Student Research Profile: Brian Hardison

Brian Hardison
Brian Hardison, BA 2012
Student Research Profile: Brian Hardison

My independent study has consisted of a close examination of several sets of late eighth century Anglo-Saxon linked Latin glossae collectae preserved in Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Vossianus Latinus Quarto 69 that treat upon non-biblical texts. In particular, my work has focused upon the relationship of these word-lists to the famed seventh century school of Archbishop Theodore and Abbot Hadrian at Canterbury in an effort to gain insight into the nature of the manuscripts taught by the magisters there. Working to reconstruct the contents of the library at the Canterbury school and some portion of the pedagogical tradition found there strikes me as a particularly fascinating problem and one which I hope to help unravel. Over the course of the project, I have conducted extensive research concerning the texts represented by the fragments preserved in the glossae collectae, reviewed existing scholarship regarding the school at Canterbury and the texts studied there, and have consulted with my mentor, Dr Remley, at least once a week to review and discuss my findings.

Participating in an independent study has had a significant impact upon my academic career and has enriched my experience within the English department at the University of Washington. As a member of the 2010-11 English Honors cohort, the work that I conducted as part of my independent study formed the foundation of my Honors thesis.

BA in English: Language and Literature, 2012
Summa Cum Laude
UW English Department Honors
M.Phil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2013
Pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Washington beginning autumn 2013


  • UW Arts & Sciences Research Award, 2011
  • Mary Gates Research Scholarship 2011
  • Roger Sale Scholarship 2011
  • UW Library Research Award, 2011


  • “Text and Context: Examining the Gildasian Glosses Preserved in the Corpus Glossary (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 144),” Sixty-seventh Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, WA, October 2013
  • “Glossing Intent: Issues Related to Critical Editions of the Corpus Glossary (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 144),” ReVision: Editing Across Disciplines, University of Edinburgh, July 2013
  • "The Arrival of the Saxons: An Examination of the aduentus Saxonum Traditions," Twenty-Sixth Annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Weber State University, March 2011.
  • "Contexts of Colonization: The Literary-Historical Treatment of the Anglo-Saxon Settlement," Twelfth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, May 2011.


  • "Coding Gender: Performance and Gender Identity in a Synthetic World," intersections, Winter 2012.
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