Dr Rafael J. Pascual

Subject: English

Department: English

Academic position: Lecturer in Old and Middle English


Rafael J. Pascual specializes in medieval English language and literature, with a focus on Old English poetry. He is Stipendiary Lecturer in English at New College and Lecturer in Old and Middle English at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Previously, he was Departmental Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of English and Pembroke College; Postdoctoral Research Assistant at CLASP: A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry (an ERC-funded project based at the Oxford English Faculty); and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University.

At Oxford, he teaches or has taught Prelims Paper 1 (Introduction to English Language and Literature), Prelims Paper 2 (Early Medieval Literature, c.650–1350), Final Honours School Paper 2 (Literature in English 1350–1550), Course II Paper 1 (Literature in English 650–1100), Course II Paper 4 (The History of the English Language to c.1800), and Course II Paper 5 (The Material Text).

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Granada (2014), with a dissertation on the dating and textual criticism of Beowulf, on the strength of which he gained a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. He is the co-editor, with Leonard Neidorf and Tom Shippey, of Old English Philology: Studies in Honour of R. D. Fulk (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016), and one of the contributors to The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014). His articles on Old and Middle English alliterative poetry have appeared in journals such as Medium ÆvumEnglish StudiesJournal of Germanic LinguisticsNeophilologusStudia NeophilologicaNotes and Queries, and ANQ. He has also contributed to the Old and Middle English sections of The Year’s Work in English Studies.

His dissertation received the 2013–2014 Extraordinary Doctorate Award. In 2017, he won the ‘Excellence in Knowledge’ Research Award of Grupo Caja Rural (one of Spain’s leading banking groups) for his contributions to medieval English scholarship. These are some of the areas on which he has published peer-reviewed essays: