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SSHRC IDG awarded 2016: The heart of this project is careful textual analysis of "The Directory of Conscience" and "The Pilgrimage of Perfection" written by William Bonde, who joined the Birgittine community of monks and nuns at Syon Abbey early in the sixteenth century. The Birgittines played a...
Karaito sōshi is a tale that falls within a genre of stories from 14th century Japan known as otogi-zōshi, or ‘companion tales’. It was included in the Edo period (1603-1867) anthology, Otogi-bunko, as an example of a late medieval Heike monogatari (13th century) reception text, and was...
The world presented to readers of The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Malory is, as the character of Galahad notes, “unstable.” The story begins following the death of Uther Pendragon, when Arthur attempts to bring order to his unstable kingdom through the institution of the Round Table, a...
SSHRC IG awarded 2016: Project aims to catalogue, edit and analyze Early Modern Icelandic religious poetry whose subjects are virgin martyr saints. The project seeks to demonstrate the critical role of the poems within Early Modern Icelandic thought as prescriptive models in Iceland, and by...
This thesis compares madness and leprosy in the late Middle Ages. The first two chapters explore the conceptualization of madness and leprosy, finding that both were similarly moralized and associated with sin and spiritual degeneration. The third chapter examines the leper and the mad person as...
Unmaking is an allegory of the alchemical process through the tale of a medieval hunt. It combines symbolic alchemical language with the scientific method established in both alchemy and hunting in the medieval and early modern period, and presents this research as a “speculative” historical...