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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.

Research Interests

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

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

Selected Publications

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