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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr James Robinson, PhD (York)

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I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department, working on a project entitled 'The Medieval Dialogue of Reason and Belief in Modern Poetry'. This project is now focused on the work of Ted Hughes, exploring his engagement with a range of medieval literature including Chaucer, Dante, 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and Islamic and Persian poetries.

I specialise in twentieth-century literature, particularly in the area of its engagement with medieval literature and my monograph on James Joyce and Dante will be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2015/early 2016.

I would welcome hearing from anyone with interests in Joyce, Dante, Hughes, twentieth-century poetry, modernism, Anglo-Irish/Italian literary interactions, or the wider reception of medieval literature.

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Robinson, James (2016). Joyce's Dante: Exile, Memory and Community. Cambridge University Press.

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