University of Bristol, PhD

I joined the Department of English at the University of British Columbia in 2005 after studying and teaching in the United Kingdom. My own research has been primarily concerned with medieval romance (both Arthurian and non-Arthurian), writing on issues of historiography (in particular post-conquest perceptions of the Anglo-Saxon Past), English national identity, saracens and other medieval others, the law, the medieval erotic, the medieval geographical imagination, and ecocritical approaches to premodern texts. I have published three books and numerous articles on medieval literature and culture, details of which can be found on my publication and research pages. I am currently completing a book on the Medieval Geographical Imagination, in addition to being one of the General Editors (with Siân Echard) of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature (forthcoming in 2017).

During my last period of academic leave (2011-12), I spent time as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge (July 2011 – April 2012), a Visiting Fellow in the Culture and Politics of the Transregional at The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge (January – March 2012), and as Slater Visiting Fellow at University College, University of Durham (April – June 2012).

I primarily teach Old and Middle English at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and have taught recent seminars on Romance, Medieval Wonder, Medieval Ecocriticism, Crusade Literature, Spatial Theory, and the Erotic Middle Ages. I also teach on twentieth-century and contemporary Medievalism and Fantasy literature, most recently a seminar on The Song of Ice and Fire as Medievalism.

I am happy to supervise Honours dissertations and graduate students on any aspect of medieval literature (Od English, Middle English, Old Norse), premodern spatiality, ecocriticism, medievalism, or contemporary Fantasy literature (and sci-fi or cli-fi if you ask nicely).

Selected Publications

  • Sexual Cultures in Late Medieval Britain, Amanda Hopkins, Robert Allen Rouse, and Cory J. Rushton (eds.) (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014).
  • The Idea of Anglo-Saxon England in Middle English Romance. Studies in Medieval Romance (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2005).
  • The Medieval Quest for Arthur (with Cory J. Rushton) (Stroud: Tempus, 2005).
  • ‘Indigenizing the Medieval, or how did Māori and Awabakal become inscribed in Medieval Manuscripts?’, forthcoming in Parergon2 (November, 2015): xx-xx.
  • ‘Reading (in) Medieval London: Emplaced Reading, or Towards a Spatial Hermeneutic for Medieval Romance’, in Nick Perkins (ed.), The Materiality of Medieval Romance (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015), 41-57.
  • ‘What Lies Between? Thinking Through Medieval Spatiality’, Robert T. Tally Jr. (ed.), Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative (New York: Palgrave, 2014), 13-30.
  • ‘Reading Ruins: Arthurian Caerleon and the Untimely Architecture of History’, Arthuriana1 (April, 2013): 101-12. (Winner of the 2013 James Randall Leader Prize for an ‘outstanding Arthurian Article’, awarded by the International Arthurian society, North American Branch)
  • ‘Arthurian Britain’ (with Cory J. Rushton), in Ad Putter and Elizabeth Archibald (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 218-34.
  • ‘Some Like it Hot: The Medieval Eroticism of Heat’, in Amanda Hopkins and Cory Rushton (eds.), The Erotic in Medieval British Literature (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007), 71-81.

Research Networks:

Oecologies

Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a research cluster that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology”; we retain this defamiliarizing spelling because our research asks how we might rethink “ecology” through the study of premodern natural history, taxonomy, hierarchy, and categorization.