Dr Laura Jose
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My doctoral research considers madness and its relation to gender in medieval English literature. Madness, as a condition of otherness, is a locus for anxieties about identity, and particularly gendered identity. I am particularly interested in the ways in which masculinities are affected by madness, given that rationality is a fundamental to being a man in the Middle Ages. The texts I look at range from medical texts to romance, and include exempla, hagiography and autobiographical works such as Margery Kempe’s Book
and Hoccleve’s Series
. My broader research interests include all aspects of medieval genders and sexualities, with an emphasis on masculinities. My PhD is funded by the AHRC, and I also receive a university doctoral fellowship. My supervisor is Professor Corinne Saunders.