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Irina Dumitrescu is professor and head of English medieval studies at the University of Bonn. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Yale Review, PMLA, and Best American Essays 2017. Her latest book is The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Cambridge, 2018). She lives in Bonn, Germany.