- Children’s Literature and Culture
- History of the Book and Textual Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Religion, Literature, and Culture
I have specialties in the literature and language of both the Old and Middle English periods. My research program centers on the concept and uses of tradition.
My published work on Old English literature includes a recent book, Traditional Subjectivities: The Old English Poetics of Mentality (University of Toronto Press, 2013), and a series of three articles on a model of the mind found widely in Old English poetry, published in the journals Anglo-Saxon England, JEGP, and Studies in Philology. I have ongoing research on formulaic diction in Old English verse and am working on a collaborative edition (with Johanna Kramer and Samantha Zacher) of the 10th-century Vercelli Book.
In language studies, I have published on the front-panel inscription of the 8th-century Franks Casket and on several usages in the late 15th-century plays of Henry Medwall. Articles are in development on lexical blends (portmanteau words) in Old and Middle English.
In the field of Middle English literature, I have a book project underway on the changing image of Judas Iscariot, in support of which I have published an article on Judas’s penitential associations (Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, 2010). My other main research interest in this period, Middle English drama, has led to articles on the late 15th-century playsEveryman (with Elizabeth Harper in Comparative Drama, 2006) and Fulgens and Lucres (in English Studies, 2012), as well as editions of several plays included in the Broadview Anthology of British Literature (2d ed., 2009) and the Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama (2012). I have recently completed an article on the lawyer-devils of the Towneley Judgment play; am finishing another on one of the scribes of the N-Town plays; and am at work on a collaborative edition (with Christina Fitzgerald and John Sebastian) of the plays of the Wakefield Master, under contract with Broadview.
Honors and Awards:
- College of Liberal Arts Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship, 2012-15
- College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Enhancement Award, 2011-12
- Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Faculty Stipendiary Fellowship, 2010-11
- Student-Led Award for Teaching Excellence, spring 2009 and spring 2010
- Office of the Vice President for Research Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, 2008-09
Mize, Britt. Traditional Subjectivities: The Old English Poetics of Mentality. University of Toronto Press, 2013
Why is Old English poetry so preoccupied with mental actions and perspectives, giving readers access to minds of antagonists as freely as to those of protagonists? Why are characters sometimes called into being for no apparent reason other than to embody a psychological state? Britt Mize provides the first systematic investigation into these salient questions in Traditional Subjectivities.
- Material Economy, Spiritual Economy, and Social Critique in *Everyman*
- Manipulations of the Mind-as-Container Motif in *Beowulf, Homiletic Fragment II* and *Alfred’s Metrical Epilogue to the Pastoral Care*