Nina Cnockaert-Guillou, King's

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

Biographical Information

I completed my Licence Littératures, Langues, Civilisations Étrangères et Régionales Anglais in La Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris (2018), during which I went on an Erasmus study-exchange programme at University College Cork, in Ireland and obtained a Certificate in Irish Studies (2018). I stayed in University College Cork for my Masters in Early and Medieval Irish (2018–19, First Class Honours, with an Excellence Scholarship from the College of Arts). For my MA dissertation, I edited and translated 'Finn and Mac Lesc', a prosimetric Fenian text found in the Book of Leinster (Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1339), Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502 and Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C iii 2. During the academic year 2019–20, I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages in University College Cork (First Class Honours).

I am now a second-year PhD student in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (funded by a Cambridge European & King's College Scholarship), and I am working on an edition, translation and analysis of the story of the three men and the dog of Irúath, found in various manuscripts such as the Book of Leinster (in poetic form, beginning 'Dám thrír tancatar ille'), and within the narrative complex of Acallam na Senórach (as prosimetrum).

I have contributed to the Irish Sagas Online project by proofreading Old and Middle Irish texts (2019–21). I was recently involved as a Research Assistant with the "Digital Framework for the Medieval Gaelic World" project (2020–21) and the drafting of the project report.

I am currently a member of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain, as the current social media officer (2019–present) and I was in charge of the Celtic Students Podcast (seasons 1 and 2, 2020–21). In 2021–22, I was secretary of CCASNC (Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic).

Research Interests

My main interests are the Irish language (from medieval to modern times), and the Finn Cycle (fíanaigecht). I am also particularly interested in the transmission and reworking of texts/stories in medieval Irish literature and manuscripts, as well as wider issues of Textual Criticism, particularly in the field of medieval Irish studies. I have also developped interests in Digital Humanities and digital editing. 

Selected Publications

Stifter, D., Cnockaert-Guillou, N., Färber, B., Hayden, D., Ní Mhaonaigh, M., Tucker, J., Yocum, C. G., 'Developing a Digital Framework for the Medieval Gaelic World: Project Report' (2022) [https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ael/Research/ResearchinLanguages/imdorus/Publications/].

Cnockaert-Guillou, N.,  'Chasing Mabon: A Study of the Links between Mabonagrain, Evrain and Owein based on Erec et Enide and Gereint uab Erbin', in Proceedings of the Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain: Vol. VII, ed. J. Alba and K. Walker (2020), 107–24.