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I have been College Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall since 2006. I am also a Fellow by Special Election. Before teaching at the Hall, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College.
Early Medieval Literature (Old English and Early Medieval English Literature)
English Literature from 1350 to 1550 (Late Medieval and Early Tudor Literature)
Prelims Paper 1 Section A (Approaches to Language)
I work on late medieval political writing in its historical context (especially the reigns of Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI) and also on Middle English poetics and stylistics. I am currently working on a book about poetic terminology, experiment and innovation in later Middle English poetry. I blog about my research into Middle English poetics at stylisticienne.com, where you can find a work-in-progress glossary of Middle English poetic terms. I tweet about my research and teaching on Twitter – you can follow me @Stylisticienne
In 2012 I published a reader’s guide to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (the set commentary text for Finals) with Cambridge University Press. I am particularly interested in helping students learn how to close-read Middle English poetry and have created a ‘Poetics Primer’ for undergraduates and school pupils on my website. In November 2015 I won an Oxford Teaching Excellence Award for my teaching of Troilus and Criseyde both in seminars and via posts on my blog.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of The English Review, Philip Allan's magazine for sixth-formers studying English Literature at A-level.
'Patronage', in A New Companion to Chaucer, ed. Peter Brown, second edition (forthcoming)
'"many a lay and many a thing": Chaucer's Technical Terms', in Chaucer and the Subversion of Form (forthcoming)
'Margaret of Anjou as Patron of English Verse?: The Liber Proverbiorum and the Romans of Parthenay', Review of English Studies, 67 (2016), 636-59
'The Vanishing English Virelai: French Complainte in English in the Fifteenth Century', Medium Aevum 85.1 (2016), 59-76
‘Henry IV: A New Lord of this Language?’, in Henry IV and the Lancastrian Legacy: Politics and Culture in Fifteenth-Century England, ed. David Grummitt (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming)
Troilus and Criseyde: A Reader’s Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
The Creation of Lancastrian Kingship: Literature, Language and Politics in Late Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)