Professor of Medieval Literature
University of York
BA (Yale), MPhil (Glasgow), DPhil (Oxford)
My research into early and high medieval English literature focuses on poetry and history-writing in Latin, English and French. It aims to develop new models for the integral place of England within European literary culture on both sides of the Conquest. These models are multilingual, reflecting the linguistic and social diversity of medieval England, and comparative, working across Flanders, France and the German Empire. In my work, I look at Anglo-Saxon England as an important early laboratory for the development of written vernaculars; as such it exerted a crucial impact on the development of vernacular literary cultures in Western Europe as a whole.
In a series of articles, edited collections and monographs, I have been concerned with fictionality, female literary patronage, social networks, multilingualism, classical reception, history-writing and poetics. My monograph, England in Europe: English Royal Women and Literary Patronage, c.1000 – c.1150 will be published by University of Toronto Press in early 2017. I co-direct the Centre for Medieval Literature (www.sdu.dk/cml), a Danish Centre of Excellence based jointly at Odense and York, which has launched a new journal: Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures (http://riviste.unimi.it/interfaces/).
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