Thesis Title: The 'Emerged' Individual: Subjective Crisis in Medieval English Romance
I am currently an AHRC-funded doctoral student based at Worcester College, Oxford, where I am also the Martin Senior Scholar. My thesis, 'The "Emerged" Individual: Subjective Crisis in Medieval English Romance', considers the role and place of interiority and individuality in the romances written in England in the time between the twelfth century renaissance and the Renaissance proper, some 400 years later. I'm interested in how individuality is expressed and represented in these texts, which are often dismissed as conventional and therefore inhospitable to depiction of true subjectivity - but closer analysis offers up exciting new readings of under-valued romances. I am also interested in medieval notions of gender and sexuality, the history of the emotions, and the development of academic and scholastic thought throughout the high to later Middle Ages.