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Cheung Wai Leuk

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

The conceptual framework of pride in the literature of early medieval England�

The concept of pride – both as a mental activity and a sin – is of major interest across different genres in early English literature. It has generated much critical commentary as to its underlying significations: different commentators grapple with the meanings of early English pride, its theological ramifications, and the origins and succession of the concept in the history of patristic texts and early English texts. I propose to attain a fuller understanding of the concept by first clarifying its different modes of expressions across Old English and Anglo-Latin writings, followed by an examination of what these different modes reveal in the context of the broader intellectual, religious and cultural milieux of early medieval England. This new analysis, which unites early English poetics and bilingualism, psychology and theology, makes possible a fuller appreciation of the subtlety of pride which lies at the centre of many questions of behavioral motives and spirituality.

(Keywords: Early English Pride; Superbia; Ofermod)

Research Area

  • English Language and Literature
  • Languages and Literature


  • "Pride in Old English Poetry: Identity Formation and Destruction in the Fallen Angels as a Group," International Medieval Congress, Leeds (UK), July 2023   

Other Research Interests

  • Homeric Greek
  • Classical Latin poetry
  • Latin Composition

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in English Literature (in progress)
  • MPhil in English
  • MA in English Literary Studies
  • BBA (Hons) in Accounting

Previous Working Experience (selected)

  • Research Assistant in the Department of Accountancy and Law
  • Research Assistant in the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
  • Senior Research Assistant in Corporate Governance
  • Assistant for EQUIS Accreditation (for Business Schools)