Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Catherine Karkov

Chair of Art History

0113 34 35276

G10 Fine Art Building

Office hours: by appointment

BA, University of Minnesota, MA, PhD, Cornell University

The art of early medieval Britain, especially materialities, environmental studies, and decolonisation; gender and the body in late antique and early medieval culture; history and theory of the book; theories of text and image.

Research Interests

My research centres on early medieval art, especially the art of early medieval England, with a particular focus on questions of voice, gender, identity, and their relationship to the formation of nations, nationalism and the decolonisation of our fields. My most recent work is concerned with materials and materiality–of stone, of landscape and of text–and with theories and histories of the book. I am also interested in questions of the display, interpretation and preservation of tangible and intangible heritage and the impact these have on the formation of cultures and disciplines.


My teaching focuses on the art of early medieval Britain, on materiality, gender, and issues of voice, identity and decolonisation at both UG and MA levels. I am currently teaching the following modules:

ARTF1045: Story of Art 1

ARTF: 31010/5073M: Origins of Postcolonial England

ARTF 2060: Ecologies of Medieval Art

ARTF3100/5071M: Encountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England



  • Frojmovic E, Karkov CE (2017) Postcolonising the medieval image.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315232164, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118806/

  • Karkov CE; Frojmovic E (eds.) (2017) Post colonizing the Medieval Image. Routledge. (Accepted)

  • Karkov CE (2011) The Art of Anglo-Saxon England. Boydell Press.

  • Karkov CE, Keefer SL, Jolly KL (2010) Cross and Cruciform in the Anglo-Saxon World: Studies to Honor the Memory of Timothy Reuter. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press.

  • Karkov C (2009) Poetry, Place and Gender: Studies in Medieval Culture in Honor of Helen Damico. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Press.

  • Karkov C, Baxter S, Nelson J (2008) Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald. Farnham: Ashgate.

  • Karkov C, Jolly K, Keefer S (2008) Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England. Morgantown WV: West Virginia University Press.

Journal articles

  • Karkov CE (2016) “Hoards, hoarders, and other broken things”, POSTMEDIEVAL-A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL CULTURAL STUDIES. 7.3: 456-468.
    DOI: 10.1057/s41280-016-0007-1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/100600/

  • Karkov CE (2014) “Reviews: Lilla Kopar, Gods and Settlers: The Iconography of Norse Mythology in Anglo-Scandinavian Sculpture (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012)”, Northern History. 51.1: 193-194.
    DOI: 10.1179/0078172X13Z.00000000052, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85041/

  • Karkov CE (2014) “The Anglo-Saxon World (Review)”, Journal of Anthropological Research. 70.4: 635-635.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85042/

  • Karkov CE (2012) “The Mother's Tongue and the Father's Prose”, Parallax. 18.3: 1-11.

  • Karkov CE (2010) “The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations”, SPECULUM. 85.4: 961-963.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0038713410003301

  • Karkov CE (2008) “WEARMOUTH AND JARROW MONASTIC SITES, vol 2”, J ENGL GER PHILOL. 107.4: 506-509.

  • Karkov CE (2008) “WEARMOUTH AND JARROW MONASTIC SITES, vol 1”, J ENGL GER PHILOL. 107.4: 506-509.

  • Karkov CE (2008) “Feasting the dead: Food and drink in Anglo-Saxon burial rituals”, AM HIST REV. 113.3: 888-889.

  • Karkov CE, Wood I (2008) “Fragments of history. Rethinking the ruthwell and beircastle monuments”, NORTHERN HIST. 45.1: 185-186.

  • Karkov C (2008) “Wearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites vols. 1 and 2”, Journal of English and Germanic Philology. October: 506-509.

  • Karkov CE (2007) “Corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture, vol 7, South-West England”, SPECULUM. 82.4: 974-976.

  • Karkov CE (2006) “The processional cross in late medieval England: The "Dallye Cross."”, SPECULUM. 81.4: 1211-1212.

  • Karkov CE (2005) “Medieval images, icons, and illustrated English literary texts: From the Ruthwell Cross to the Ellesmere Chaucer.”, NOTES QUERIES. 52.1: 111-111.
    DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gji151

  • Karkov CE (2004) “Reading texts and images: essays on medieval and Renaissance art and patronage in honour of Margaret M. Manion”, NOTES QUERIES. 51.1: 68-69.


  • Karkov CE (2017) “Tangled Voices: Writing, Drawing and the Anglo-Saxon Decorated Initial”, In: Brown M; Garipzanov I; Tilghman B (eds.) Graphic Devices and the Early Decorated Book. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. 45-62

  • Frojmovic E (2017) “Neighbouring and mixta in thirteenth-century Ashkenaz”, In: Postcolonising the Medieval Image. 241-260
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315232164

  • Frojmovic E, Karkov CE (2017) Introduction. 1-13
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315232164, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90151/

  • Karkov CE (2017) “The Franks Casket Speaks Back: The Bones of the Past, the Becoming of England”, In: Frojmovic E; Karkov C (eds.) Postcolonizing the Medieval Image. Routledge. (Accepted)

  • Karkov CE (2016) “Hagar and Ishmael: the Uncanny and the Exile”, In: Zacher S (eds.) Imagining the Jew in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 197-218
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/103181/

  • Karkov CE (2016) “Reading the Trinity in the Harley Psalter”, In: Cambridge E; Hawkes J (eds.) Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Art, Material Culture, Language and Literature of the Early Medieval World. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90150/

  • Karkov CE (2016) “Weaving Words on the Ruthwell Cross”, In: Clegg-Hyer M; Frederick J (eds.) Textiles, Text, Intertext: Essays in Honor of Gale R. Owen-Crocker. Woodbridge: Boydell. 183-198

  • Karkov CE (2015) “Hagar and Ishmael: the Uncanny and the Exile”, In: Imagining the Jew: Jewishness in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press. (Accepted)

  • Karkov C (2015) “The Scribe Looks Back: Anglo-Saxon England and the Eadwine Psalter”, In: Brett M; Woodman DA (eds.) The Long Twelfth-Century View of the Anglo-Saxon Past. Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland. London, UK: Routledge. 289-306
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/118517/

  • Karkov CE (2013) “Hagar and Ishmael: the uncanny and the exile”, In: Jews in Anglo-Saxon England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Karkov CE (2012) “Postcolonial”, In: Stodnick J (eds.) A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies. Oxford: wiley-Blackwell.

  • Karkov CE (2012) “The Arts of Writing: Voice, Image, Object”, In: Cambridge History of Early Medieval Literature. Cambridge University Press. 73-98

  • Karkov CE (2011) “Studies in Early Medieval Coinage 2”, In: Abramson T (eds.) Studies in Early Medieval Coinage 2. Boydell Press. 61-69

  • Karkov CE (2011) “Tracing the Anglo-Saxons in the Epistles of Paul”, In: Roberts J; Webster L (eds.) Anglo-Saxon Traces. Tempe, AZ:

  • Karkov CE (2010) “The Landscape Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England”, In: Higham NJ; Ryan MJ (eds.) The Landscape Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England. Boydell Press. 157-168

  • Karkov C (2010) “Abbot Ælfwine and the Sign of the Cross”, In: Keefer SL; Jolly KL; Karkov CE (eds.) Cross and Cruciform in the Anglo-Saxon World: Studies to Honor the Memory of Timothy Reuter. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press. 103-132

  • Karkov C (2008) “The frontispiece to the New Minster Charter and the King's Two Bodies”, In: Scragg D (eds.) Edgar King of the English 959-975. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. 224-241

  • Karkov CE (2008) “Emma: Image and Ideology”, In: Baxter S; Karkov CE; Nelson JL; Pelteret D (eds.) Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald. Farnham: Ashgate. 509-520

  • Karkov C (2008) “"Pictured in the Heart: the Ediths and the Church at Wilton"”, In: Blanton V; Scheck H (eds.) (Inter)Texts: Studies in Early Insular Culture Presented to Paul E Szarmach. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Texts.

  • Karkov C (2000) “The Anglo-Saxon Genesis: Text, Illustration and Audience”, In: Withers BC; Barnhouse R (eds.) The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute. 201-237

  • Karkov C, Wickham-Crowley K, Young B (1999) “A Dialogic Commentary: Speaking with the past”, In: Karkov C; Wickham-Crowley K; Young B (eds.) Spaces of the Living and the Dead. Oxford: Oxbow. 149-162

  • Karkov C (1999) “Whitby, Jarrow and the Commemoration of Death in Early Northumbria”, In: Hawkes J; Mills S (eds.) Northumbria's Golden Age. Stroud: A. Sutton. 114-123

  • Karkov C (1997) “The Bewcastle Cross: Some Iconographic Problems”, In: Karkov C; Farrell RT; Ryan M (eds.) The Insular Tradition. Albany, NY: State University of New York. 9-26

  • Karkov C (1995) “Adam and Eve on Muiredach's Cross: Presence, Absence and Audience”, In: Bourke C (eds.) From the Isles of the North: Medieval Art in Ireland and Britain. Belfast: HMSO. 205-211

  • Karkov C (1993) “The Chalice and the Cross in Insular Art”, In: Spearman M; Higgitt J (eds.) The Age of Migrating Ideas. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland. 237-244

  • Karkov C “Margins and Marginalization: Representations of eve in Oxford, Bodl. Library MS Junius 11”, In: Keefer SL; Bremmer R (eds.) Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts. Leuvain: Peeters. 57-84

Research Projects & Grants

Postcolonising the Medieval Image: http://www.post-col-med.leeds.ac.uk/wordpress/?page_id=2

The Visionary Cross: http://visionarycross.org/

Research Centres & Groups

Institute for Medieval Studies

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Lara Eggleton: ‘Re-envisioning the Alhambra: readings of space and form in the palace of the other’, awarded 2011 (with Will Rea)

Sotaria Kordi
: ‘The Parekklesion of the Chora Monastery’, awarded 2014 (with Ashley Thompson)

Joanna Wolfarth: The open eye at the nexus of politics and aesthetics in Cambodia’ (with Ashley Thompson), awarded 2014

Robert Halstead: ‘The Anglo-Scandinavian Coinage and Sculpture of Yorkshire, c 867 – c 1170’ (with Ian Wood), awarded 2016

Liz Stainforth: ‘Locating Tomorrow’s Memory: A Critical Study of the Digitisation Agenda for Cultural Heritage in Europe’ (with Helen Graham)

Catalin Taranu: ‘Constructing Anglo-Saxon Legendary History’ (with Alaric Hall), awarded 2016

Sami Kalliosaari: ‘King and Emperor: The Development of the Ideology of Sacred Imperial Kingship in England and Ottonian Germany from the 9th to 11th Centuries (Institute for Medieval Studies, with Ian Wood)

Gesner Las Casas Brito Filho: ‘The Relationship between the Earthly World, Heaven and Hell in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11’ (with Alaric Hall)

Annika Christensen: ‘Voice and Resistance: Oral Culture in the Faroe Islands’ (with Claudia Sternberg)

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