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#TeamMargery: Collaboration, Compassion, and Creativity

‘Whan thes good women seyn this creatur wepyn, sobbyn, and cryen so wondirfully and mythtyly that sche was nerhand ovyrcomyn therwyth, than thei ordeyned a good soft bed and leyd hir ther upon and comfortyd hir as mech as thei … Continue reading

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Writing Conference Abstracts

A little while ago a postgrad student on Twitter asked for some advice about writing abstracts for conferences, so I thought it would be worth canvassing opinion and writing up a short post on my blog. Thanks to all who … Continue reading

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‘I have never felt Mary more’: Teaching Medieval Gender in the Modern Classroom

Last week the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference was held in Oxford (and a massive thank you to Rachel Moss, and to Gareth Evans, for all of their excellent organisation). It was a wonderful conference with all sorts of fascinating … Continue reading

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The Monograph: Thoughts and Reflections

[This is a long post! Scroll to the bottom for the highlights!] A confession: there was a time when I thought I would never, ever, in a million years, see my book in print. Let alone with a snazzy cover … Continue reading

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Dissertation Preparation

The first part of this post is about the teaching strategies I use to help undergraduate students prepare for their dissertations. Scroll down for a list of Top Tips for Dissertations, compiled with advice from my students! In the English … Continue reading

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#WhanThatAprilleDay16: Celebrating Middle English Poetry

Today is #WhanThatAprilleDay16 which means that we are joining @LeVostreGC in celebrating medieval texts! Here’s an excerpt from Geoffrey’s announcement over at ‘In the Middle’: “On the first daye of Aprille, lat us make tyme to take joye yn alle … Continue reading

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‘Abide, Ye Who Pass By’: A Poem for Good Friday

For Good Friday, I wanted to share a fourteenth-century Middle English lyric that I have been working on recently (from Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 175). It’s  written in the voice of Christ in three stanzas and addresses the … Continue reading

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Teaching with Twitter: An Experiment with Chaucer’s Troilus

This rather long post begins with a reflection on my teaching methods for my first and second year courses on Old and Middle English literature at University College, Oxford. I then introduce the context and background for my experiment of … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay: Printing in the Bodleian

For #WorldBookDay the Univ librarians, Elizabeth and Emily, arranged to take my first year English students to the Bodleian library to use the hand-press printers and print one of Shakespeare’s sonnets! We had a fantastic time and I wanted to … Continue reading

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The Seven Works of Mercy: Part I

In the church of All Saints North Street, in York, is a fifteenth-century stained glass window that depicts the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy. The window was donated by the family of Nicholas Blackburn and shows Nicholas, with his distinctive … Continue reading

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