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Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen: Biography

Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen; Grettislaug; Drangey

Doug at Grettislaug. Background: Drangey
Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen is in his Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. His research and academic pursuits focus on Old English Poetry, with interests in Genesis A, Beowulf, Anglo-Saxon biblical verse, Old English metrics, Old English language, Germanic languages, palæography and codicology, Anglo-Saxon history, translation theory, and medievalism. Doug plans to write his dissertation on the Genesis A, née the Cædmonian Genesis, of MS Junius XI.

Doug received his BA in literature from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and his MA in English from Marquette University. Before returning to graduate school at UNM, he served as English & Communications Department Chair at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee, worked as a technical writer and consultant, and took classes part time at the University of Washington. Doug's first published academic article, "Seamus Heaney's Audio Beowulf: An Analysis of the Omissions,"appeared in the Volume XVII of Studies in Medievalism in January 2009. Doug is also the designer of the MEGSE website.

Aside from his studies, Doug enjoys spending time with his son, Mauricio. His favorite activities are playing Lazer Tag and umpiring Little League Baseball games.

Recent Achievements

  • Spring 2010: Won the Medieval Association of the Pacific's founder's prize (3nd place) for my paper "Beowulf 1553b: A Controversial Period" at the 2009 conference.
  • Spring 2009: "Seamus Heaney's Audio Beowulf, an Analysis of the Omissions" published in Studies in Medievalism XVIII.
  • Fall 2008: Won the travel award from the Institute for Medieval Studies for the 2009 International Congress of Medieval Studies conference in Kalamazoo.
  • Spring 2008: Won the first-year English teaching award for outstanding 101/102 sequence.

Current Conference Presentations

  • July 2010, International Medieval Congress, Leeds: "Abraham’s Journeys in the Old English Genesis A and the Anglo-Saxon Migration Myth"
  • March 2010, Vagantes 2010: Conference organizer
  • August 2009, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Mini-presentation on the "Magoun and Madden's Old English Word List -- Digital Edition."
  • March 2009, Medieval Academy of the Pacific Conference: "Beowulf 1553b: A Controversial Period"
  • May 2009, International Medieval Congress: "John Mitchell Kemble: From Broadswords to Beowulf"



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