Dr David Callander

Research Associate, The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints project

Departmental and College Responsibilities

David is a post-doctoral research associate on the Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project. In this role, he contributes to collaborative editions, translations, and commentaries for the medieval Latin lives of the Welsh saints. This provides much opportunity to examine how texts originally composed in Wales were transformed in the course of their international transmission and David is making particularly detailed study of the border-crossing saint Winefride.

David has taught for a wide range of courses in the Faculty of English, the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (Linguistics), with a particular focus on medieval literature.

Modules for which he has taught include:

English Part 1 Paper 3: English Literature and its Contexts, 1300-1550
Linguistics Li4: History and Varieties of English
ASNC Part 1 Paper 5: Old English Language and Literature
ASNC Part 1 Paper 7: Medieval Welsh Language and Literature
ASNC Part 2 Paper 7: Advanced Medieval Welsh Language
ASNC Part 2 Paper 11: Germanic Philology

In addition to supervising finalist dissertations, David has also supervised Medieval Latin and taught Modern Welsh. For the Sutton Trust Summer School, David has also taught a full range of English literature, including classes on Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. David's work has a strong theoretical grounding and he would be delighted to teach courses which engage with theory and close reading, including Practical Criticism.

Academic Interests

Medieval literature, especially Welsh and English; poetics; narrative; textual criticism; comparative literature; post-medieval adaptations and afterlives.

Selected Publications

Dissonant Neighbours: Narrative Progress in early Welsh and English Poetry (University of Wales Press, expected publication date April 2019)

This book investigates where, how, and why early English and Welsh poets chose to deploy narrative. Utilizing in particular the work of William Labov, the narrative and repetitive elements of individual poems are studied in close detail and the book develops models for comparing narrative trends within larger corpora. Sarah Higley's contrastive approach to comparative study of early Welsh and English poetry is developed to highlight the dissonances in the narrative style of the two literatures and examine what this can tell us about wider tendencies in the traditions as a whole.


‘Die diachrone Entwicklung der Erzählung in der kymrischen Heiligendichtung’ [‘The Diachronic Development of Narrative in Welsh Poetry to Saints’], in Eva von Contzen and Florian Kragl, ed., Narratologie und mittelalterliches Erzählen: Autor, Erzähler, Perspektive, Zeit und Raum [Narratology and Medieval Narrative: Author, Narrator, Perspective, Time and Space] (Berlin, 2018), pp. 101–124.

'La╚Łamon’s Dialogue and English Poetic Tradition', English Studies 97 (2016), 709–24.

Kooper, Erik and David Callander, 'The Middle English Life of St Teilo', The Mediæval Journal 6 (2016), 29–72.

'Trefn Canu Llywarch Hen yn Llyfr Coch Hergest' ['The order of the early Welsh poetic group Canu Llywarch Hen in the Red Book of Hergest'], Llên Cymru 38 (2015), 1–11.

‘Datblygiad Armes Dydd Brawd’ [‘The Development of A Prophecy of Judgement Day, an early Welsh Poem’], Studia Celtica 49 (2015), 57–103.

‘The Corruption of Evidence in a Critical Tradition: Welsh and Old English Elegies’, Quaestio Insularis 15 (2014), 108–125.

‘Dau englyn maswedd o Ganu Heledd’ [‘Two erotic verses from the early Welsh poetic group Canu Heledd’], Dwned 20 (2014), 31–6.

‘Middle English ‘cusky’’, Notes & Queries 258 (2013), 365–7.


Review of Barry Lewis, Medieval Welsh Poems to Saints and Shrines, Studia Celtica 50 (2016), 180–2.