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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Fellow

Professor Corinne Saunders

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42575
Head of Department and Chair of the Board of Studies in the Department of English Studies
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42501
Room number: Room 001, Hallgarth House
Associate Director in the Centre for Medical Humanities
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48144
Room number: CA128, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ

(email at c.j.saunders@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Corinne Saunders is Professor in the Department of English Studies. She specialises in medieval literature and the history of ideas, and has particular interests in romance writing. She is also interested in gender studies and the history of medicine. She has recently published a monograph, Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval Romance (2010), for which she was awarded AHRC-funded additional leave and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. She is the author of The Forest of Medieval Romance (1993), Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001), and over thirty essays and articles on a wide range of literary and cultural topics. She has edited a Blackwell Critical Guide to Chaucer (2001); A Blackwell Companion to Romance: from Classical to Contemporary (2004); Cultural Encounters in Medieval Romance (2005); A Concise Companion to Chaucer (2006); and (with Françoise le Saux and Neil Thomas) Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses (2004); (with Jane Macnaughton), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (2005); (with David Fuller) Pearl: a Modernised Version by Victor Watts (2005); (with Ulrika Maude and Jane Macnaughton), The Body and the Arts (2009). Her edited collection, A Blackwell Companion to Medieval Poetry, was published in March 2010. She is the English editor of the international journal of medieval studies, Medium Ævum; and editor in overall charge of Medieval Studies (1100-1500) for the major online resource, The Literary Encyclopedia. She is the Director of Durham University's Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Associate Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has also co-organised two Public Lecture Series in the University, ‘Madness and Creativity: The Mind, Medicine and Literature’, and ‘Flesh and Blood: The Body and the Arts’. She teaches across the range of Old and Middle English language and literature, as well as History of the English Language, Old French, and some Renaissance topics, at both BA and MA level. She currently supervises a number of PhD students working on later medieval literary topics, and welcomes enquiries from postgraduate applicants in these areas.

Research Groups

Department of English Studies

  • Literature and Medicine
  • Medieval Studies

Research Interests

  • History of ideas
  • History of women and women's writing
  • Medieval and Renaissance Romance
  • Old and middle English literature
  • Old French literature

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

  • Saunders, Corinne (2010). Magic and Christianity. In Christianity and Romance in Medieval England. Rosalind Field, Phillipa Hardman & Michelle Sweeney Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 84-101.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2010). Subtle Crafts: Magic and Exploitation in Medieval English Romance. In The Exploitations of Medieval Romance. Laura Ashe, Ivana Djordjevic & Judith Weiss Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 108-124.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2010). The Gawain-poet and medieval romance. In The Cambridge History of English Poetry. O'Neill, Michael Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 26-42.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2009). ‘Sorrowful Songs: Chaucer and the Tradition of the Woman's Lament’. In Studi anglo-norreni in onore di John S. McKinnell. ‘He hafað sundorgecynd’. Maria Elena Ruggerini. Cagliari: CUEC Editrice (Cooperativa Universitaria Editrice Cagliaritana ). 132-148.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2009). 'Magic and Religion in Arthurian Romance'. In A Companion to Arthurian Legend. Elizabeth Archibald & Ad Putter Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 201-17.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2009). 'Medieval Warfare'. In The Cambridge Companion to War Writing. Kate McLoughlin Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 83-97.
  • Saunders Corinne (2008). 'Bodily Narratives: Illness, Medicine and Healing in Medieval Romance'. In The Boundaries in Medieval Romance. Neil Cartlidge Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 175-190.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2008). 'Gender in Sir Beves of Hampton'. In Sir Beves of Hampton in Literary Tradition: the Metamorphoses of a Romance Hero. Jennifer Fellows & Ivana Djordjevic Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 161-75.
  • Saunders, Corinne (2007). 'Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde; Hoccleve, Letter of Cupid'. In Treasures of Durham University Library. Richard Gameson Third Millennium. 64-65.

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