Dr. Pareles researches the mutual construction of species, sexual, and ethnic difference in medieval English religious literature. Dr. Pareles is at work on two book projects. The first, Translating Purity: Jewish Law and the Making of Difference in Old English Literature, traces how the cultural translation of Jewish law structured pre-Conquest identity projects, bolstering human and Christian supremacy in early English culture. The second, tentatively titled Time’s Others: Infant, Animal, and Jewish Temporalities in Medieval Christianity, explores the abjected, arrested, and pregnant temporalities that make medieval Christian futures possible. Dr. Pareles has held postdoctoral fellowships at New York University and Northwestern University. Dr. Pareles’s teaching interests include animal studies, Old and Middle English literature, translation, and Jewish-Christian relations. Dr. Pareles is a member of the Oecologies collective and convener of the Oecologies Reading Group.
Selected Recent Publications
“What the Raven Said to the Eagle: Animal Language and the Return of Loss in Beowulf.” In Dating Beowulf: Studies in Intimacy. Edited by Daniel C. Remein and Erica Weaver. Manchester University Press, 2019. 164-86.