Current and Recent Research Students
Miss Meghan Glass
Meghan Glass received her BA magna cum laude in two years from the University of Minnesota, finishing her degree in 2007. Having focused on Political Science and American Indian Studies, her senior thesis discussed the narrative and political intentions of Machiavelli's 'Il Principe.' She immediately began an MA programme at Durham University in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Her focus was on Arthurian Literature and Lyric poetry, and her studies culminated in a thesis comparing female Petrarchan poets Veronica Franco and Vittoria Colonna.
Currently Meghan is a third-year PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Corinne Saunders and is due to finish her studies in the latter part of 2012. Her doctoral thesis takes a comparative approach to literature, discussing the connections between medieval English romances and ancient and contemporary Ojibwe narratives. Specifically, her research looks at how these societies viewed themselves and others through the lenses of literature and postcolonialism. Texts examined will include a survey of medieval English romances such as Sir Orfeo, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Beves of Hampton as well as older Ojibwe tales, and contemporary Ojibwe works by Louise Erdrich and Gerald Vizenor. Through the comparative nature of her work, she also hopes to show that although these societies are considered completely culturally disparate--from both each other and our modern world--this assumption is not always correct.
Miss Glass is also a member of the Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Press Secretary for the Medieval & Early Modern Student Association, President of the Ustinov Americas Society, and Co-Editor of Hortulus Medieval Graduate Journal. She peer-reviews articles for Hortulus, Kaleidoscope, and Race/Ethnicity. Her book reviews can be found in Hortulus, Journal of Folklore Research, and The Canadian Native Journal. She is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, the International Arthurian Society, MLA, the Society for the study of Medieval Languages and Literature, Native Studies Research Network, BABEL Working Group, and a number of Durham based centres and research groups.