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Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of English
Areas of expertise: Northern medieval literatures and languages (Old and Middle English, Middle Welsh, Old French), linguistics, poetic structure; Celtic Studies; Film Studies; Monster Theory; Creative Writing.
In the News
Sarah Higley on Virtual Worlds
September 30, 2010
Professor Higley came to the University of Rochester in 1986 to teach Old English and Middle Welsh literature, courses she offers every other year, in conjunction with Beowulf and later medieval literature. Her research and teaching have branched out to include science fiction and its neomedieval qualities, the early origins of the werewolf and other monsters, and she has pursued her life-long fascination with simulacra: the robot and its history, the miniature, the Otherworld, invented and magical language. Her latest project has been to explore the film-making opportunities of virtual worlds, and in 2014 she devoted the year to making a "real time animation" of three of John Gower's tales from the Confessio Amantis which she showed at the International Congress of the John Gower Society. Her latest article describing the intricacies of such remediation can be found here, along with her film (which one Grand Prize at the Machinima Expo): http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1017&context=accessus
Meanwhile, she is re-investigating the Old English "Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn" and working on a project devoted to two Middle English versions of the French fairy tale "Melusine of Lusignan."