Megan Hartman

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Office: THMH 202B   |    Phone: (308) 865-8293   |    Email:

Megan E. Hartman


  • Ph.D., English.  Indiana University. 2011.
  • M.A., English.  Indiana University.  2005.
  • B.A., English.  University of New Hampshire.  2003.

Areas of Academic & Teaching Interest

  • Medieval Literature and Language
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Poetics
  • Speculative Fiction

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor of English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2016-present.
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2011-2016.
  • Teaching Fellow, Indiana University, 2009-2011.
  • Associate Instructor, Indiana University, 2005-2009.

Courses Taught

  • English 101: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • English 188: Portal: Old Norse Mythology in History and Popular Culture
  • English 250: Introduction to British Literature
  • English 254: Special Topics: Children’s and Young Adult Fantasy
  • English 303: Introduction to Linguistics
  • English 304: Grammar I
  • English 404: History of the English Language
  • English 462/872P: Early and Middle English Literature


  • “Integrating Literary Approaches: Translation and Modernization.” Teaching History of the English Language, ed Colette Moore and Chris Palmer. Modern Language Association, forthcoming. 
  •  “Metrical Alternation in The Fortunes of Men.Old English Philology: Studies in Honor of R.D. Fulk. Eds. Leonard Neidorf, Rafael J. Pascual, and Tom Shippey, Boydell & Brewer, 2016, 311-330. 
  •  “New Evidence for an Old Perspective on Hypermetric Verse Structure.” Notes and Queries (2015): 513-16.
  •  “New Applications for Word Foot Theory.” Aspects of Early English Poetic Culture: Studies in Honor of Geoffrey R. Russom, eds. M. J. Toswell and Lindy Brady, under contract with Medieval Institute Publications, 2016.
  •  “Style and Politics in The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon.Studies in the History of the English Language VI: Evidence and Method in Histories of English. Ed Michael Adams, Laurel J. Brinton, and R. D. Fulk. Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter Mouton, 2015. 201-18. 
  •  “The Limits of Poetic Conservatism in Old English Poetry.” The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment, ed. Leonard Neidorf, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. 79-96. 
  •  “Hypermetric Form in Old English Gnomic Poetry.” Studia Metrica et Poetica 1 (2014): 68-99. 
  •  “Beowulf Then and Now: Understanding Medieval Heroes through Modern Contrasts.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 21.1 (2014): 51-69. 
  •  “Poetic Attitudes and Adaptations in Late Old English Verse.” Leeds Studies in English 43 (2012): 73-91. 
  •  “A Drawn-Out Beheading: Style, Theme, and Hypermetrics in the Old English Judith.” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 110.4 (2011): 421-440. 
  • “The Syntax of Old English Hypermetrics.” English Studies 91.4 (2010): 477-491. 
  • “Stressed and Spaced Out: Manuscript Evidence for Beowulfian Prosody.” Anglo-Saxon 1 (2008): 201-220.
  • Review of Introduction to Old English, by Peter S. Baker. The Medieval Review. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan University Library, Scholarly Publishing Office, 20 June, 2008.