Peer Reviewed


My book

Laura Varnam, The Church as Sacred Space in Middle English Literature and Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).

**Now out in paperback for only £21!** Here.

Discussed by Christopher Howse in The Telegraph on Saturday 14th April 2018 in his column ‘Sacred Mysteries’.

Peer Reviewed Edited Collection

Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe, co-edited volume for Manchester University Press with Laura Kalas (co-authored introduction ‘Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe in the Twenty-First Century’). Published November 2021 in hardback and now out in PAPERBACK! March 2023.

Encountering <i>The Book of Margery Kempe</i>

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

‘Reading the books of Margery Kempe and Alice Pyett: Attachment and Feminist Restoration in Michelle Paver’s Wakenhyrst‘, accepted for publication in Medieval Feminist Forum, forthcoming December 2023.

‘Poems for the Women of Beowulf: A ‘Contemporary Medieval’ Project’, postmedieval, August 2022 (seven poems from my work-in-progress poetry collection inspired by the women of Beowulf, with a 6000 creative-critical essay of context and analysis).

with Laura Kalas, ‘Introduction’, in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. Laura Kalas and Laura Varnam (Manchester University Press, 2021), pp. 1-20.

‘”A Booke of Hyr Felyngs”: Exemplarity and Margery Kempe’s Encounters of the Heart’, in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe, ed. Laura Kalas and Laura Varnam (Manchester University Press, 2021), pp. 140-159.

‘Sacred Space, Memory, and Materiality in St Erkenwald‘, in Old St Paul’s and Culture, ed. Shanyn Altman and Jonathan Buckner, Early Modern Literature in History series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 73-95.

‘A Revelation of Love: Christianity, Julian of Norwich, and Medieval Pity in the Harry Potter Series’, Studies in Medievalism, 29 (2020), 155-82. (This arose out of my lecture at the ‘Here Be Dragons’ Fantasy Summer School in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford in September 2018.)

‘Coarseness, Power, and Masculinity in Daphne du Maurier’s The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë’, Brontë Studies, 44.1 (2019), 109-22 (special issue edited by Sophie Franklin and Claire O’Callaghan). (This was based on my paper at the Coarse Brontës conference in Durham in August 2017._

‘“Þe ȝatez stoken watz neuer ȝet”: London, the New Jerusalem, and the Materiality of “Entre” in Pearl and The Pilgrimage of the Lyfe of the Manhode’, in Studies in the Age of Chaucer40 (2018), 401-21 (part of the ‘London Living’ colloquium, edited by Matthew Boyd Goldie and Sarah Stanbury).

‘Synne to shewe, vs to frame: Representing the Church in Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne’, Leeds Studies in English, 48 (2017), 89-104 (special issue on Architectural Representation edited by Hannah Bailey, Karl Kinsella, and Daniel Thomas, arising out of the Architectural Representation Research Network ) You can download thespecial issue here.

‘The Importance of St Margaret’s Church in The Book of Margery Kempe: A Sacred Place and an Exemplary Parishioner’, Nottingham Medieval Studies, 61 (2017), 197-243.

‘The Crucifix, the Pietà, and the Female Mystic: Devotional Objects and Performative Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe’, The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, 41.2 (2015), 208-37 (available open access in the Oxford Research Archive here)

‘Church’, in A Handbook of Middle English Studies, Blackwells Critical Theory Handbooks, ed. Marion Turner (Blackwells: 2013), pp. 299-314.

The Book of the Foundation of St Bartholomew’s Church: Consecration, Restoration, and Translation’ in Sacred Text / Sacred Space: Architectural, Spiritual, and Literary Convergences in England and Wales, ed. Joseph Sterrett (Brill: 2011), pp. 57-75.

‘Sanctity and the City: Sacred Space in The Life of St Werburgh’, in Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place, and Identity in Chester c.1200-1500, ed. Catherine A. M.Clarke (University of Wales Press: 2010), pp. 114-130.

‘Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde’, in The Cambridge History of English Poetry, ed. Michael O’Neill (Cambridge University Press: 2010), pp. 81-95.