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Faculty Author Series: Christopher Fee

Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain by Christopher Fee

In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, Fee teams up with David Leeming to explain the complex patchwork of belief systems found in the British Isles. The authors -- both academic authorities with many previous publications on the topic -- offer an overview of the isles' folkloric traditions including rites, legends, and beliefs drawn from Anglo-Saxon, Judeo-Christian, Germanic, and Celtic traditions. The topics covered include deity types, sacred objects, heroes, gods, and creation and apocalyptic theories, and the work's documentary value is enhanced by the inclusion of excerpts from original sources.

Fee is an English professor at Gettysburg College with a specialization in Old English language and literature, with additional teaching and research interests in the following areas: the History of English; Middle English; Medieval Drama; Old Norse; British Mythology; theories of torture, pain, and the body as text; and technology and pedagogy. In addition, he teaches a first year seminar on the literature of homelessness that includes a service-learning trip to Washington, D.C. Fee is also a participant in the outdoor education programs offered by Gettysburg College's Office of Experiential Education, co-leading educational adventure treks through the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Fee earned a master's degree in English at Loyola University in Chicago, a master's in medieval studies at the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in English language at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He returns to Britain most summers and is working on a multimedia project, The Secret of Otter's Ransom, which will help users learn about archaeological and cultural sites of the British Isles and Iceland. Fee is the author of Mythology in the Middle Ages and Torture and Text in Anglo-Saxon England: Pain and the Body in Old English Religious Verse, and a forthcoming volume in the Praeger series on the Middle Ages.

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