Postcards from the Archives

Women's Literary Culture Before the Conquest

Looking Back, Looking Forward

In 2020 an article was published to which I contributed, written by Catherine A.M Clarke with Adam Miyashiro, Megan Cavell, Daniel Thomas, and Stewart Brookes. Entitled ‘Twenty-five Years of “Anglo-Saxon Studies”: Looking Back, Looking Forward’, it appeared in the volume Disturbing Times: Medieval Pasts, Reimagined Futures edited by Catherine E. Karkov, Anna Kłosowska, and Vincent […]

Forthcoming Event: The Book of Margery Kempe and its antecedents

Tuesday 9 March 2021, 5.30pm Speaker(s): Professor Diane Watt, University of Surrey Medieval Literatures Research Seminar The Book of Margery Kempe is often one of the earliest texts by a woman encountered by modern day students of English literature. The relationships between The Book of Margery Kempe and her literary antecedents are still relatively unknown or […]

In the News

Women’s literary history in England is usually taken to start in the later Middle Ages. Many students are taught that the first women writers were the visionaries, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe who lived in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. More recently attention has also been paid to earlier Francophone ‘English’ writers such as […]

What’s in a Name?

Finding a name for my forthcoming book was not easy. Many books about English literature, history, religion and culture in the period between 450 and 1066 have the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ prominently in the title. But the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is fraught for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is a term that has been […]

Forthcoming Event: Crisis, Gender and the Politics of Time in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, November 5-6, 2019

In the last two decades queer, gender and feminist studies have enabled scholars to better understand the multiplicity of temporal experiences and discourses of time as well as the entanglements between the temporal and the social in the pre-modern period. Far from being a disembodied concept, time is quintessentially associated with contingent social practices and […]

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