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Professor Alcuin Blamires

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PositionEmeritus Professor of English Literature
Email english (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7436
Professor Alcuin Blamires

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Language & Literature, University of Oxford, 1968
  • M.Phil in Medieval English Studies, University of Oxford, 1970

Teaching

Senior lecturer at University of Wales, Lampeter (1970-1999). Appointed Reader at Goldsmiths 1999; appointed professor in 2004.

Research Interests

My major interests are: Chaucer; fourteenth-century English literature; the history and context of medieval debate about women in vernacular and Latin writings; and European medieval romance. Following recent publication on ethical traditions in Chaucer, I am preparing a book on 'shame' in medieval English writings. I have a subsidiary interest in medieval iconography. Engagements for conference papers in the last few years have included Siena, Cardiff, London, Limoges, Swansea, and New York.

Publications

Book

Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender
Blamires, Alcuin. 2006. Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199248674

The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther
Blamires, Alcuin. 2004. The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719063191

The Romance of the Rose Illuminated: Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Blamires, Alcuin and Holian, G.. 2002. The Romance of the Rose Illuminated: Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. ISBN 0866982655

The Case for Women in Medieval Culture
Blamires, Alcuin. 1998. The Case for Women in Medieval Culture. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198186304

Edited Book

Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts
Blamires, Alcuin; Marx, C W and Pratt, Karen, eds. 1992. Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198710394

Book Section

Medieval Individuality
Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. Medieval Individuality. In: Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker, eds. Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature. Oxford: OUP, pp. 478-495. ISBN 978-0199229123

'Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde'
Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. 'Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde'. In: Corinne Saunders, ed. Companion to Medieval Poetry. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 435-451. ISBN 978-1405159630

'Sexuality'
Blamires, Alcuin. 2005. 'Sexuality'. In: Steve Ellis, ed. Chaucer: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: OUP, pp. 208-223. ISBN 978-0199259120

'Women and Creative Intelligence in Medieval Thought'
Blamires, Alcuin. 2005. 'Women and Creative Intelligence in Medieval Thought'. In: Linda Olson and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, eds. Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages. University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 213-230. ISBN 978-0268037178

The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther
Blamires, Alcuin. 2004. The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther. In: N. McDonald, ed. Pulp fictions of medieval England: Essays in popular romance. Manchester University Press, pp. 45-62. ISBN 0719063191

Article

'May in January's Tree: Genealogical Space in The Merchant's Tale'
Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. 'May in January's Tree: Genealogical Space in The Merchant's Tale'. Chaucer Review, 45(1), pp. 106-117. ISSN 0009-2002

Philosophical Sleaze? The 'strok of thought' in the Miller's Tale and Chaucerian Fabliau
Blamires, Alcuin. 2007. Philosophical Sleaze? The 'strok of thought' in the Miller's Tale and Chaucerian Fabliau. Modern Language Review, 102(3), pp. 621-640. ISSN 00267937