Dr. Stefan Jurasinski
- Associate Professor
- (585) 395-5714
Office: 218 LAB
Teaching and Professional Interests:
Anglo-Saxon England, Medieval Europe, Chaucer, Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Medieval Latin, English Legal History, Canon Law, Medieval Christianity
Ph.D. Indiana University, 2003. Dissertation Director: R.D. Fulk. Readers: Alfred
David, Kari Ellen Gade, Emanuel Mickel, Jr.
M.A. Indiana University, 2000.
B.A. University of Maryland, 1998 (with departmental honors in English).
The Old English Penitentials and Anglo-Saxon Law. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Ancient Privileges: "Beowulf," Law, and the Making of Germanic Antiquity. Medieval European Studies 6. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2006.
Stefan Jurasinski and R.D. Fulk, edd. The Old English Canons of Theodore. Edition with introduction, glossary, and commentary. Early English Text Society ss. 25. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012.
• Winner, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Publication Prize 2013, for "best edition on any subject or in any subfield of the discipline" of the 2011-13 biennium.
Reviews: Tahlia Birnbaum, Parergon 30 (2013): 243-44; Mark Atherton, Review of English Studies n.s. 65 (2014): 537-539; Allen J. Frantzen, Medium Ævum 83 (2014): 355-56; Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., Legal History and Rare Books 21 (2015): 22-24.
Stefan Jurasinski and Andrew Rabin, edd. Languages of the Law: Essays in Memory of Lisi Oliver. Under contract, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver and Andrew Rabin, edd. English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and "Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen." Leiden: Brill, 2010.
Editor, Year's Work in Old English Studies (2016- )
REFEREED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
"English Law before the Conquest." In The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Law and Literature. Edd. Candace Barrington and Sebastian Sobecki. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. [In production.]
"Representations: Crime and Criminals in the Law and Literature of the North Sea Peoples." In A Cultural History of Crime and Punishment in the Medieval Age. Ed. Karl Shoemaker (London: Bloomsbury). [In production.]
"Wulfstan, Episcopal Authority, and the Handbook for the Use of a Confessor." In Old English Philology: Studies in Honour of R.D. Fulk. Edd. Leonard Neidorf, Rafael J. Pascual, and Tom Shippey (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer), pp. 215-32.
"Theodulfi Capitula in England." Commissioned entry in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature. Edd. Robert Rouse and Siân Echard.
"Scribal Malpractice and the Study of Anglo-Saxon Law in the Twelfth Century." In Textus Roffensis: Law, Language, and Libraries in Early Medieval England. Edd. Bruce O'Brien and Barbara Bombi (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), pp. 83-101.
"Noxal Surrender, the Deodand, and the Laws of King Alfred." Studies in Philology 111 (2014): 195-224.
"'Sick-Maintenance' in Earlier English Law." In Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. Edd. Nicole Marafioti and Jay Paul Gates (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2014), pp. 74-91.
"Violence, Penance, and Secular Law in Alfred's Mosaic Prologue." Haskins Society Journal 22 (2011): 25-42.
"Slavery, Learning and the Law of Marriage in Alfred's Mosaic Prologue." In Secular Learning in Anglo-Saxon England. Edd. László Sándor Chardonnens and Bryan Carella. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 69 (2012): 45–64.
"Sanctuary, House-Peace, and the Traditionalism of Alfred's Laws." The Journal of Legal History 31 (2010): 129-147.
"The Old English Penitentials and the Law of Slavery." In English Law Before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and "Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen," edd. Stefan Jurasinski, Lisi Oliver and Andrew Rabin (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 97-118.
"Madness and Responsibility in Anglo-Saxon England." In Peace and Protection in the Middle Ages. Edd. David Rollason and T.B. Lambert (Toronto and Durham, England: Durham University Centre for Medieval Studies/Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 2009), pp. 99-120.
"Caring for the Dead in The Fortunes of Men." Philological Quarterly 86 (2007): 343-363. [Appeared in 2009.]
"Treason and the Charge of Sodomy in the Lai de Lanval." Romance Quarterly 54 (2007): 290-302.
"Germanism, Slapping, and the Cultural Contexts of Æthelberht's Code: A Reconsideration of Chapters 56-58." Haskins Society Journal 18 (2006): 51-71. [Appeared in 2007.]
"Andrew Horn, Alfredian Apocrypha, and the Anglo-Saxon Names of the Mirror of Justices." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 105 (2006): 540-563.
"The Ecstasy of Vengeance: Legal History, Old English Scholarship and the 'Feud' of Hengest." Review of English Studies n.s. 55 (2004): 641-61.
"Beowulf 73: 'Public Land,' Germanic Egalitarianism, and Nineteenth-Century Philology." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 103 (2004): 323-340.
"The Rime of King William and its Analogues." Neophilologus 88 (2004): 131-144.
"Reddatur Parentibus: The Vengeance of the Family in Cnut's Homicide Legislation." Law and History Review 20 (2002): 157-180.
"The Continental Origins of Æthelberht's Code." Philological Quarterly 80 (2001): 1-15 [Appeared in 2002].
Brasington, Bruce. Order in the Court: Medieval Procedural Treatises in Translation (Leiden: Brill, 2016). The Medieval Review. [In production.]
Yeager, Stephen M. From Lawmen to Plowmen: Anglo-Saxon Legal Tradition and the School of Langland (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2014). The Medieval Review. [Online publication: appeared in 2016.]
Nicholas J. Higham and Martin J. Ryan, eds. Place-Names, Language and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2011). Speculum 89 (2014): 486-88.
Stephen O. Glosecki, ed. Myth in Early Northwest Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007). Arthuriana 20 (2010): 122-23.
John D. Niles, Old English Heroic Poems and the Social Life of Texts (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007). The Medieval Review. [Online publication: appeared in 2007.]
HONORS AND AWARDS
American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship for Collaborative Research (with Lisi Oliver): for research leave during the 2014-15 academic year.
International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Publication Prize 2013, for "best edition on any subject or in any subfield of the discipline" of the 2012-13 biennium (for Jurasinski and Fulk, The Old English Canons of Theodore).
Early English Laws Project/Institute of Historical Research, University of London: $3,000 bursary.
• Reader for Oxford University Press (2014, 2015)
• Reader for University of Manchester Press (2014)
• Reader for University of Toronto Press (2009, 2011, 2016)
• Reader for Syracuse University Press (2007)
• Reader for Speculum (2016)
• Reader for Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2004, 2013)
• Reader for Heroic Age (2008)
• Reader for Law and History Review (2003, 2015)
• Reader for The Longman Anthology of English Poetry, 4th ed. (2003)
• External Reviewer for Tenure: Trinity University (2014); Missouri Western State University (2014); College of William and Mary, School of Law (2015).
WORK IN PROGRESS
The Laws of Alfred and Ine. A critical edition written in collaboration with Lisi Oliver (Louisiana State University). Intended to replace the standard edition in Felix Liebermann, Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen (1903-1916). [Nearing completion.]
Oath and Ordeal in Early English Law. Planned monograph with editions and translations of ordeal liturgies as appendices.
Stefan Jurasinski and Patrick Wormald. Laws. A volume in the series Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture (SASLC), published by Amsterdam Univ. Press. [Commissioned; based upon an unfinished draft by Wormald.]
"Royal Law in Wessex and Kent at the Close of the Seventh Century." Essay completed.
"Before Purgatio Canonica: The Priest's 'Oath' in the Laws of Wihtræd." Essay completed.
With Bruce O'Brien [Univ. of Mary Washington/Institute of Historical Research, Univ. of London], Lisi Oliver [Louisiana State Univ.] and Andrew Rabin [Univ. of Louisville]. Early English Law: A Centenary Conference on Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen of Felix Liebermann (1903 - 1916). 16 - 17 July 2008, held at the University of London.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES [SELECTED]
(* = invited participation)
2017 "Alfred, the Bible, and the Authority of Written Law: Reassessing the Carolingian Inheritance." The Politics of Interpretation: The Bible and the Formation of Legal Authority in Early Medieval Europe. Freie Universität Berlin, 11-12 May, Berlin, Germany.*
2016 Invited commentator for special session, "Common Laws and Local Variants in Medieval Europe." Annual Meeting, American Society for Legal History, 27-30 October, Toronto, ON.*
2016 "Royal Law in Wessex and Kent at the Close of the Seventh Century." Special Session: "Papers in Memory of Lisi Oliver." 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2015 "Ine's Laws on Church and State." 5th Biennial Conference on Law and Governance in Pre-Modern Britain. University of Western Ontario, October 23-14, London, Ontario.*
2015 "Theologies of Penance in Anglo-Saxon England." Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England." 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2014 Invited commentator for ASLH Workshop, "Medieval Legal History." Annual Meeting, American Society for Legal History, 6-9 November, Denver, CO.*
2014 "Did Ælfric read Alfred's Laws?" Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England." 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2013 "The Aim of Alfred's Prologue." Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England." 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2012 Invited commentator for special session, "A Pastiche of Tongues: Speaking and Responding to the Languages of Anglo-Saxon and Later Medieval Law." Annual Meeting, American Society for Legal History, 8-11 November, St. Louis, MO.*
2011 "A New Edition of the Laws of Alfred and Ine." Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England." 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2010 "Scribal Malpractice and the Study of Anglo-Saxon Law in the Twelfth Century." Textus Roffensis: Law, Language and Libraries in Early Medieval England. 26 July 2010, Medway Campus of the University of Kent, UK.*
2010 "Dating the Old English Penitentials." Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Early England." (Sponsor: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Workshop, University of Louisville.) 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2008 "Liebermann and the Law of Slavery." Early English Law: A Centenary Conference on Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen of Felix Liebermann (1903-16). 16 July 2008, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. [Also served as co-organizer and chair of a session.]
2008 "Law in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 383." Panel: The Early English Laws Project. 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2008 "Anglo-Saxon Laws on Slavery: Sources and Contexts." Special Session: "Laws in (Cyber)space." (Sponsored Session: Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities, University of Kentucky). 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2007 "Madness and Responsibility in Anglo-Saxon England." Special Session: "Peace and Protection in the Medieval West" (Sponsored Session: University of Durham Medieval Studies Centre). 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.*
2006 "Editing the Old English Canons of Theodore." Special Session: "Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England" (Sponsored Session: University of Chicago Medieval Studies Workshop). 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.
Associate Professor of English, SUNY College at Brockport (2009-Present).
Assistant Professor of English, SUNY College at Brockport (2005-2009).
Topics in Early and Middle English: Old English (Graduate Seminar)
Old English Language and Literature
Rewriting the Middle Ages (Senior Seminar)
Heresy and Dissent in the Middle Ages
Topics in Medieval British Literature: Saints' Lives
Beowulf and Its World
Early World Literature
Literature in English to 1750
Literature of the Viking Age
Critical Approaches to Literature
Medieval British Literature
Medieval Law and Literature
Introduction to Honors (four times)
Assistant Professor of English, Ohio University-Zanesville (2003-5).
DEPARTMENTAL AND INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES:
Parliamentarian, College Senate (2016-Present [Fall Semester Only])
Chair, Planning Subcommittee, General Education Assessment Committee (2017-Present)
Member, General Education Assessment Committee (2016-Present)
Chair, Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Committee (2016-17).
Chair, APT Committee (2015-16)
Board Member, Living Learning Communities (2012-14)
Search Committee, Early Modern (2013-14)
Chair, Curriculum Committee (2012-13)
Board Member, Brockport Childcare Center (2010-12)
Search Committee: Director of Composition (2011)
Chair, Seach Committee: Non-European World Literature (2010-11)
APT Committee (2010-11)
Chair, Graduate Committee (2007-9)
Coordinator of MA Program in English (2007-9)
Graduate Committee (2005-6, 2013-14)
Search Committee: Early Modern (2005-6)
Curriculum Committee (2006-7)
Search Committee: 20th Century British Literature (2006-7)
Committee: Earl Ingersoll Award (2007)
Web Liaison (Spring 2008)
Director of Graduate Studies (Fall 2008)
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/INTEREST
Old English literature
Middle English literature
Old Icelandic literature
Old French literature
Germanic Linguistics and Philology
Reading proficiency in the following pre-modern and modern languages: Classical and Medieval Latin, Koine Greek [Beginning], Gothic, Old Icelandic/Norse, Old English, Old French, Modern French, Modern Spanish, Modern German
From reviews of The Old English Canons of Theodore (2012):
"The scholarly value of this edition lies in the accompanying commentary, which brings the penitential practices of Anglo-Saxon England into a broader medieval European context. Scholars focusing on continental Europe who might otherwise overlook this volume will nevertheless find it a valuable resource. The subject matter of the text and extensive glossary also make the edition an excellent candidate for translation in the classroom." Parergon
"With this new edition by R.D. Fulk and Stefan Jurasinski, a gap in the availability in print of the Old English (OE) penitentials has been filled most satisfactorily. The edition complements very well the existing editions of the other vernacular penitential texts ... and it can be studied fruitfully alongside the online edition by Allen J. Frantzen." Review of English Studies
"The edition replaces that of F.J. Mone, published 1830. . . . [I]t is the other penitentials that need to be edited with the completeness now achieved for the Canons of Theodore. . . . The chapters on authorship (ch. 3) and sources (ch. 4) are especially informative." Medium Ævum
From reviews of English Law Before Magna Carta (2010):
"[A] superb collection, one which engages the neophyte and challenges the experts. Unlike many such compilations, English Law Before Magna Carta contains no weak link; every chapter's thesis is clear, the arguments rigorous, the conclusions compelling. Brill too deserves praise for producing such an elegant and carefully edited volume. I recommend this book for any college library; it is certain to prove useful on many levels." The Medieval Review
From reviews of Ancient Privileges (2006):
"This is a book of distinction. It is sober, lucid, precise, and illuminating. Even those with little interest in Old English may learn from its comments on the psychology of scholars, for whom inertia is so potent, and the echoing of one's predecessors so very soft an option. Ancient Privileges, therefore, is an outstanding achievement, greatly to the credit of its author." Yearbook of English Studies
"This summary of Jurasinski's arguments cannot do justice to the range of his evidence from the murky territory of nineteenth-century scholarship. ... Jurasinski proves himself to be a worthy successor of Allen Frantzen in challenging the appeals to consensus and authority that Frantzen believes have undermined much current writing about this poem." Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Jurasinski makes a major contribution to Beowulf studies with the publication of his monograph, Ancient Privileges. ... Jurasinski's intriguing analysis of how nineteenth-century legal historians contributed to the archaizing of Beowulf in the interest of reconstructing a shared body of law common to all Germanic-speaking people provides a model for thinking about how modern understandings of textual artefacts have been shaped by nationalist agendas. Jurasinski's monograph is a contribution not only to Beowulf studies but also to the study of Anglo-Saxonism, legal history, and nineteenth-century intellectual history." Year's Work in English Studies 2008
"Der Autor erweist sich auch in diesem Kapitel als belesen in Fragen des germanischen Rechts. . . Zweifelsohne wird der Leser durch die detaillierten Erörterungen Jurasinskis für rechtsgeschichtliche Hintergründe des Beowulf sensibilisiert, auch wird die Abhängigkeit der philologischen Forschung von den Fragestellungen und Erkenntnissen des 19. Jhs. im Großen und Ganzen überzeugend demonstriert." [The author shows himself also in this [final] chapter to be learned in questions of Germanic law. ...Without a doubt, the reader is made aware of the legal-historical backgrounds of Beowulf through Jurasinski's detailed discussions, and the dependence of philological scholarship on the questions and conclusions of the nineteenth century is in the main persuasively demonstrated.] Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie
"Ancient Privileges, another welcome publication by WVU Press in their series Medieval European Studies, provides a worthwhile introduction to the major players in the nineteenth-century field of German and Germanic philology and a thorough explanation of the enduring importance of their contributions to the editing of Beowulf. . . . In all, Jurasinski's study is sound and important. In his concluding remarks, he aligns himself again with the tenets of Frantzen's Desire for Origins, and I believe his deconstruction of some aspects of Beowulf's legal intricacies as expounded by critics and the influence those aspects have on our view of the period and the poem is quite valid." Heroic Age