Thesis Title: Sound and Auditory Perception in Medieval Wales: Listening to Late Medieval Welsh Literature
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Williams
Research Interests: Medieval Literature; Welsh Language and Literature (medieval and modern); Irish Language and Literature (Old and Middle Irish); Celtic linguistics; Historical Sensory Studies (Sound); Multilingualism.
My research springs from the notion that the senses do not transcend time and place. We share the same physiology as people from centuries ago, yet our different cultural sensibilities mean that we perceive the world differently. More specifically, before the printing revolution, before the Enlightenment’s emphasis on proof by vision, and when fewer people lived private, silent lives, hearing played a more important role in daily life; medieval society was not so ocularcentric as our own. My thesis will thus use late medieval Welsh literature to examine how tuning into this aural sensitivity can unveil much new and nuanced meaning in a particular body of medieval literature.