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Kaylin O‘Dell

Joseph F. Martino '53 Lecturer

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 246

Educational Background

Cornell University, PhD (expected Aug 2017)
Cornell University, MA
Vassar College, BA



Kaylin O'Dell is a PhD Candidate in English at Cornell University, where she is expected to complete her degree in August 2017. She primarily works on early medieval literature, with a focus on reading, performance, and devotion in Old English poetry and prose. Her dissertation, Theatre of the Mind: Performance and Private Reading in Anglo-Saxon England, examines how early medieval readers brought the concept of public performance into the private sphere as they read. An excerpt from this project entitled "Dramatizing Devotion in the Old English Vercelli Homily IV" is forthcoming in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. Kaylin's work on performance and rhetoric has lead to an increased interest in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Her teaching interests include: medieval and early modern literature; performance studies; theories of the monstrous; manuscript studies; and digital humanities.  

Kaylin is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Joseph F. Martino Lectureship in Undergraduate Teaching.



  • English


  • Old and Middle English literature
  • Early Modern literature
  • Old and Middle French literature
  • The history of reading
  • Drama and performance studies
  • Digital humanities