Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

An International Network Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Translating Margery Kempe’s Inner Voices

  In early September I attended the conference, ‘Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages’, held at St Anne’s College, Oxford. There I had a privilege to meet Professor Corinne Saunders, who gave a very exciting plenary lecture with her colleague, Dr Charles Fernyhough, a psychologist, as part of their Wellcome-funded […]


Hearing the Voice

We are delighted to announce that the Hearing the Voice project led by the University of Durham has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award to continue its interdisciplinary research into voice-hearing and auditory hallucinations for another five years. This is one of the first grants ever to be awarded under the Wellcome Trust’s new […]


Chaucer, the Mother of English Poetry?

In the early eighteenth century John Dryden famously described Geoffrey Chaucer as ‘the Father of English Poetry’, although he wasn’t the first one to do so. Three centuries earlier in The Regiment of Princes the poet and bureaucrat Thomas Hoccleve offered the first recorded reference to Chaucer as literary father. This paternal image defines the […]


Women’s Literary Culture & The Medieval Canon – Chawton House Library Workshop Event

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the first workshop for the project Women’s Literary Culture & The Medieval Canon which took place at Chawton House Library, an Elizabethan manor house in Hampshire, which is now The Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, 1600-1830. What follows is a summary of the […]


Women’s Travelling Visions

Whilst browsing through the shelves of a small second-hand bookshop in Aberystwyth in1994, I came across a Penguin translation of The Book of Margery Kempe, an apparently autobiographical text written by a fifteenth-century wife and mother living in Bishops (now Kings) Lynn in Norfolk in 1436. Deeming it ideal for the evening course on women’s […]


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