Period/Nation Research Area
New York University|Yale University|PhD|BA
Dr. Pareles (they+) is a medievalist whose interests include Old and Middle English literature, translation, temporalities, critical animal studies, and Jewish-Christian relations.
Their first book, Nothing Pure: Jewish Law, Christian Supersession, and Bible Translation in Old English (University of Toronto Press, 2024) explores how the cultural translation of Jewish law promoted pre-Conquest Christian projects such as the promotion of priestly chastity and ecclesiastial sovereignty over the secular.
Their second book project, 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.
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.