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Durham University

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:

Professor Jane Taylor, MA, DPhil Oxon, MITI, FRSA

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I’m a relatively recent recruit to Durham: I spent twenty years or so as a lecturer at Manchester University, and then another ten as a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. In Durham, my current research focuses on three topics: the late-medieval French lyric; Arthurian romances and how they are translated, adapted, and rewritten in the fiftenth and sixteenth centuries; the rewritings of François Villon's poetry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in France and in England. My teaching concentrates mostly on medieval French literature: a course called ‘When men were men ...’ which looks at issues of gender and ideology in epic and romance, and then, for the finalists, a course on ‘The Grail Romances: from Chrétien de Troyes to Monty Python ...’; I also teach a course on ‘Language and Power’ for the first years. I have strong academic networks in France and in the US: I’ve an honorary doctorate from the University of Reims, I’ve been President of the International Arthurian Society, and on the Council of the Institute for Translation and Interpreting.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2005: Advisory Board Member: Member of the Advisory Boards for: Medieval Studies Program at Pennsylvania State University; University of Glasgow Medieval French Texts and Studies; Centre d'Etudes du Moyen Age, Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle; Centre d'Etudes de l'Université de Bordeaux: "Le Livre médiéval: genèses et usages"; Fifteenth-Century Studies (nased in USA); Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in European and Post-Colonial Cultures, University of Manchester; Comité de Publication for the Nouvelle Bibliothèque du Moyen Age (Champion, Paris)
  • 2005: Editor: Editor, Medium Aevum
  • 2005: FRSA: Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • 2005: President: President of the International Arthurian Society
  • 2005: Trustee: Trustee of the Vinaver Trust
  • 2004: Visiting Professor: Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Arthurian romance
  • Late medieval French Literature
  • The medieval French lyric
  • Translation and cultural transmission

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