Professor Alcuin Blamires

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Position Emeritus Professor of English Literature
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Professor Alcuin Blamires

Academic qualifications

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


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.



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

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

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

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

Edited Book

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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