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Professor John McKinnell

Emeritus Professor

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Emeritus Professor in the Department of English Studies  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  

Research interests

  • Old Norse literature (esp. mythological poetry)
  • records of early English drama
  • Durham medieval texts
  • Old and Middle English poetry
  • Durham Medieval Drama Group
  • medieval acting style

Research groups

  • Medieval Studies

Awarded Grants

  • 2013: Records of Early English Drama: The North East(£785055.00 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • English Literature & Drama: medieval & early renaissance drama
  • English Literature & Drama: Mythology (especially Norse)
  • English Literature & Drama: Viking studies (especially literature)
  • English Literature & Drama: late medieval poetry


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • McKinnell, John., Ashurst, David. & Kick, Donata. (2006). The Fantastic in Old Norse / Icelandic Literature. Sagas and the British Isles. Preprint Papers of the 13th International Saga Conference, Durham and York, 6th-12th August, 2006. Durham: University of Durham, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Journal Article

  • McKinnell, J. (2007). Wisdom from the dead the Ljóðatal section of Hávamál. Medium Ævum 76: 85-115.
  • John McKinnell (2005). Hávamál B: A Poem of Sexual Intrigue. Saga-Book 29(2005): 83-114.
  • McKinnell, J. (2001). ‘On Heiðr’. Saga-Book 25(4): 394-417.
  • McKinnell JS (2000). Myth as Therapy: the Usefulness of Brymskvida. Medium Aevum 69(1): 1-20.
  • McKinnell JS (2000). The Medieval Pageant Wagons at York: their Orientation and Height. Early Theatre 3 : 79-104.
  • McKinnell, J. (2000). The Medieval pageant waggons at York their orientation and height. Early theatre 3(1): 79-104.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • John McKinnell (production director), & David Williams (video director) (2004). Hick Scorner. (video of play)
  • Henry Medwall (2001). Nature (ca. 1495). (video of a play)