Colleges, School and Institutes
I have published on English and Welsh political literature, prophecy, and poetry, Arthurian literature, and manuscript studies, with a particular focus on comparative perspectives. My first monograph, Prophecy, Politics, and Place in Medieval England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Thomas of Erceldoune (D. S. Brewer, 2016), charts the development of a dominant secular tradition of political prophecy in medieval England, beginning with Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Prophetiae Merlini. I have also co-edited two volumes on medieval translation and cross-border transmission: Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages (Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe series 30, Brepols, 2019), with Aisling Byrne, an output of the Crossing Borders network; and Cultural Translations in Medieval Romance (Studies in Medieval Romance, D. S. Brewer, forthcoming 2021), with Megan G. Leitch.
I am currently working on my second monograph, exploring the relationship between medieval historiography and romance, and changing medieval concepts of fiction and fantasy, in political applications of legends of the supernatural (fairy or demon) mother. The project begins with the Welsh ‘fabula’ of Gerald of Wales and Walter Map, and ends with the French and English Mélusine romances. Early research for the project has been funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, held at the Universities of Durham and Birmingham (2015-17).
I am delighted to be PI on Invisible Worlds (2020-22), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as an Early Career Standard Grant. The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Birmingham, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and the University of Lincoln. Invisible Worlds explores the relationship between historical and contemporary acts of story-telling and place-making associated with Alderley Edge in Cheshire, now a National Trust site. It traces the legends associated with the Edge and the network of mines beneath its surface, and frames a new intervention in the representation of the site’s invisible history through a publicly participatory Augmented Reality resource and a remote access resource.
I joined the English Department in September 2016, following an Early Career Leverhulme award held at Durham University (transferred to Birmingham for 2016-17), and an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Celtic Studies at Philipps-Universität Marburg (2014-15).
My doctorate was undertaken at the Centre for Medieval Studies, at the University of York (completed in 2013). This followed an MPhil in Medieval Literature, and a BA in English, from the University of Cambridge.
Willingness to take PhD students
I am delighted to supervise postgraduate work in the field of border studies; Arthurian literature; romance; cross-border literary transmission; prophecy; the supernatural; cultural encounters; national identity; medieval bodies.