Academic staff with an interest in Medieval Literature

Our work on medieval literature has several distinct strands, unified by an attention to vernacular culture and its physical and textual embodiment in manuscripts and inscription.

The Department of English Literature is actively involved in Birmingham’s interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA). One distinctively interdisciplinary strain of our research probes the relationship between text and image in Old English and Middle English culture. Another recurrent theme is manuscript culture in medieval England and Scotland, with individual studies covering a range of genres from polemic to romance. A third key interest is in the cultural forms and expressions of religion in the medieval period, from devotional literature to the parish church. Our aim throughout is to advance the understanding of medieval culture into new fields both in scholarship and for the public at large.

List of Academic Staff

Dr Megan Cavell

Dr Megan Cavell

Birmingham Fellow

I work on a wide range of topics in medieval studies, from Old and early Middle English and Latin languages and literature to gender, material culture, monstrosity, and animal studies/ecocriticism. My current research project focuses on predators and inter-species conflict in pre- and post-Conquest England.

Email
m.c.cavell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Victoria Flood

Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

I am a lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. My work focuses on the relationship between text, territory, and regional and national political identities, and I am currently working on a project on the transmission of fairy narratives between England and Wales from the high to late Middle Ages.

Email
v.flood@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

My primary area of research is the later medieval period into the early sixteenth century.  I work on medieval epigraphy, vernacularity, memorialisation, antiquarianism, and relations between textual and visual cultures, with a particular focus upon in the parish church.  I also have interests in writings of and about the First World War, especially prose writers of the 1910s and 20s ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3251
Email
d.m.griffith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Holly James-Maddocks

Dr Holly James-Maddocks

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

I am a book historian with a special interest in the illuminated manuscripts of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, John Gower and John Lydgate. I analyse the production and dissemination of major Middle English poetic texts in order to better understand their place within the rich variety of late medieval and early Tudor textual culture.

Email
h.james-maddocks@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature

My research interests are in the religious literature and culture of late-medieval England and deal in particular with issues of gender and identity. I also teach widely in medieval and early modern literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4028
Email
s.m.macmillan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

I am a specialist in medieval English language and literature with strong manuscripts, archival, and interdisciplinary experience. My work addresses questions that trouble the conventional boundaries between literary and other discourses, and is informed by the belief that medieval textual research can contribute to cultural history and enrich theory and practice in English studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6207
Email
w.l.scase@bham.ac.uk

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in English

My work centres on Old English language and literature and the interaction between text and image in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts; I also write about and teach modern fantasy literature and its relationships with medieval texts.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5684
Email
p.semper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature. I teach pre-1800 literature, with a particular focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. As a researcher, I work on medieval Scottish literature. I am particularly interested in romance, manuscript study, and book history.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4144028
Email
e.l.wingfield@bham.ac.uk