Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins


Ph.D. in English Literature (with Certificate in Germanic Philology) from Indiana University (2019)
B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology from Miami University (Ohio) (2011) 

Research Interests

Early Medieval English Literature (Old English); Old Norse Literature; Middle Welsh Literature; Old/Middle Irish Literature; Late Antiquity; Biblical Apocrypha; Religious Literature; Intellectual History; History of Emotions; Linguistics & Philology; Lexicography

Recent Research Activities

“The Legend of the Holy Rood,” ed. and trans., in New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, v. II, ed. Tony Burke and Brent Landau (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2020), 145-159.

“An Old English Prose Fragment of Christ’s Letter to Abgar in the Lilly Library,” Notes and Queries 66 (2019): 173-176.
“Snared by the Beasts of Battle: Fear as Hermeneutic Guide in the Old English Exodus,” Philological Quarterly 97.1 (2018): 1-25.
“Heaven and Hell in the Garden of Eden: the Transmissions of the Ystoria Adda in Wales,” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 37 (2017): 105-123.

“The Manuscript of M.R. James’s ‘The Ash-Tree,’” (with Patrick J. Murphy and Frederick Porcheddu) Notes and Queries 61 (2014): 583-585.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18590 ENL3451 Topics in British Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 or C.I.

"Vikings: Myths and Sagas"

This course provides an introduction to Old Norse mythology and cosmology, as well as their adaptation into later prose sagas. We will begin with Prose and Poetic Eddas, examining their tales and the ways in which their literary forms change their style and presentation; we will also learn the basic historical and cultural contexts necessary to appreciate these bodies of myth and legend before moving on to consider the ways in which the conversion to Christianity (in the summer of 999) changed Iceland’s literary landscape. Yet even within this new faith, the pagan myths survived and thrived. In the back half of the course, we will focus on texts composed well within the Christian era to investigate the various ways in which Christian Icelanders reckoned with the pagan past of their ancestors in verse and prose. Critically-engaged secondary readings to be supplied by the instructor.

19606 LIN4105 History of the English Lang Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Unavailable

PR: Grade of "C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 or C.I.

Study of the English language and its development from the Old English language to Modern English.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91951 LIN3010 Principles of Linguistics Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Unavailable

Do you use friend as a verb? Why do some people say aks and not ask? How many different ways can you use the word like? When does “I’m busy” mean “no”? Will txtng make us talk in abbrevs?

In this course, we will study the English language and how it works. We will connect technical linguistic information to your daily experiences with language. We will learn and practice techniques for describing English, both its words and sentences and larger elements of discourse in context. We will look at the social, historical, and political forces that shape language and its use. We will investigate linguistic issues empirically with professional research corpuses. And we will suggest ways to use what we learn about language both in the classroom and in the professional world. In linguistic terms, we’ll cover phonology, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, speech act theory, and language variation.​

Your work will be submitted via Webcourses (accessed through and then the "Online Course Tools" tab). Assignments will be frequent and numerous, as best suits the material you will be learning. Please check Webcourses daily to be sure you don’t miss anything. If you haven’t used Webcourses before, review the information at .​

You will need reliable access to a computer with internet access. In a pinch, there are computers accessible to you in all UCF's computer labs, and most computer labs have computers connected to the internet. For further information on computer labs, see the links on the last page of this document.​

Prerequisites: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102.​

As the UCF catalog states: LIN 3010 CAH-ENG 3(3,0) Principles of Linguistics. An overview of the modern linguist’s approach to language. Analytic methods of phonology, morphology, syntax. Brief systematic survey of dialectology, language acquisition, and semantics. Occasional.

91952 LIN4105 History of the English Lang Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable

PR: Grade of "C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 or C.I.

Study of the English language and its development from Anglo-Saxon to Modern.

No courses found for Summer 2019.

No courses found for Spring 2019.

No courses found for Fall 2018.

Updated: Oct 23, 2019