Lori Garner

Lori Garner

Associate Professor of English

Lori Garner joined the Rhodes College faculty in Fall 2009. Her teaching and research interests include Old and Middle English literature, the history and structure of the English language, and studies in folklore and oral traditions. Her book, Structuring Spaces: Oral Poetics and Architecture in Early Medieval England (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011), explores the idiomatic and traditional meanings invested in depictions of architecture within Old and Middle English verse. Additionally, she has published on such topics as early medieval medical texts, the Old English poems Judith and Andreas, the Middle English Brut, medieval carols, modern adaptations of Beowulf, approaches to teaching oral traditions, and proverbs in medieval epic and romance. Her current project examines Old English charms and remedies within the dual contexts of oral tradition and literate culture. She serves as faculty sponsor for the English honor society (Sigma Tau Delta), the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club, and the Dungeons and Dragons Club.


Structuring Spaces: Oral Poetics and Architecture in Early Medieval England. Poetics of Orality and Literacy. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.

Edited Volume
Festschrift for John Miles Foley. Special issue of Oral Tradition 26.2 (2011). Guest-edited with R. Scott Garner.

Articles and Contributed Chapters

“Weapons as Material Artefacts in the Old English Journey Charm and Wið Færstice.” Material Remains: Reading the Past through Archaeological Objects in Medieval and Early Modern British Literature. Ed. Andrew James Johnston and Jan-Peer Hartmann. Interventions Series. Ohio State University Press. Forthcoming.

“Deaf Studies, Oral Tradition, and Old English Texts.” Exemplaria 29 (2017): 21-40.

“‘Stories which I know to be true’: Oral Tradition, Oral History, and Voices from the Past.” Oral History Review 43.2 (2016): 263-91.

“Rhetoric and Remedies; or, How to Persuade a Plant in Anglo-Saxon England.” Public Declamations: Essays on Medieval Rhetoric, Education, and Letters in Honor of Martin Camargo. Ed. Georgiana Donovan and Denise Stodola. Disputatio. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015. 155-168.

Swarm in July: Beekeeping Perspectives on the Old English Wið Ymbe Charm.” Festschrift for John Miles Foley. Special issue of Oral Tradition 26 (2011). With Kayla M. Miller. 355-76.

Introduction. Festschrift for John Miles Foley. Special issue of Oral Tradition 26 (2011). Co- authored with R. Scott Garner. 257-64.

“The History and Poetics of Architecture in LaZamon’s Brut.” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the History of Philosophy 40 (2011): 179-208.

“Returning to Heorot: Beowulf’s Famed Hall and its Modern Incarnations.” Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 27.2 (2010): 157-81.

"Andreas and the Mermedonian Cityscape." Essays in Medieval Studies 24 (2007): 53-63.

"The Role of Proverbs in Middle English Narrative." New Directions in Oral Theory. Ed. Mark C. Amodio. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005 255-77.

"Old English Charms in Performance." Oral Tradition 19 (2004): 20-42.

"Medieval Voices." Oral Tradition 18 (2003): 216-18.

"The Art of Translation in the Old English Judith." Studia Neophilologica 73 (2001): 171-83.

"Contexts of Interpretation in the Burdens of Middle English Carols." Neophilologus 84 (2000): 467-82.

"Representations of Speech in the WPA Slave Narratives of Florida and the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston." Western Folklore 59 (2000): 215-31.

With Lynn C. Lewis. "The National Curriculum and the Teaching of Oral Traditions." Teaching Oral Traditions. Ed. John Miles Foley. New York: Modern Language Association, 1998. 403-22. [Rev. Choice36 (1999): 1611].

Shorter Pieces and Reviews
Review: Dale, Corinne. The Natural World in the Exeter Book Riddles. Series: Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge: D.S.Brewer, 2017). The Medieval Review, December, 2017.

“Remembering John Miles Foley,” Proceedings of Primer Congreso Internacional Poéticas de la Oralidad. Homenaje a John Miles Foley, Morelia: ENES UNAM. Digital platform.

“Judith.” The Encyclopedia of British and Medieval Literature. Eds. Siân Echard and Robert Rouse. Wiley-Blackwell. 2017. pp. 1104-1106.

“Traditional Metonymy” and “Theme." Dictionary of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media. Edited by Ray Person and Chris Keith. T & T Clark, 2017. pp.418-20; 425-28.

“In Memoriam: John Miles Foley, 1947-2012.” Old English Newsletter

Review, with Renée R. Trilling. Ceremonial Culture in Pre-Modern Europe, ed. Nicholas Howe (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007). Western Folklore 68 (2010): 307-309.

Review: Mark C. Amodio. Writing the Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics and Literate Culture in Medieval England.(Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). Journal of English and Germanic Philology 106 (2007): 131-33.

“Oral-Formulaic Theory” and “Ring Composition.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Eds. David Herman, Jahn Manfred, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005.

“Bernie Babcock.” Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives. Ed. Nancy A. Williams. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000. 12-13. 


Ph.D., English, University of Missouri, Columbia. 2000
M.A., English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 1995
B.A., cum laude, English, Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas. 1992