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Dr Rebecca Menmuir

Dr Rebecca Menmuir

  • Simon and June Li Fellow in English Literature

Profile

After undergraduate studies in English at Royal Holloway, University of London, I completed an MSt in English (650-1550) at St Hilda's College, Oxford, funded by a Jeremy Griffiths Memorial Studentship; this was followed by a DPhil in English at Jesus College, Oxford, funded by a Jesus College Studentship. I spent a year at the University of Groningen teaching undergraduates and MA students, before taking up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London.

College teaching

At Lincoln, I offer classes and tutorials across the breadth of medieval literature, from 650-1550. For Course I students, this includes Prelims Paper 2 (650-1350) and FHS Paper 2 ( 1350-1550). For Course II students, I teach Paper 1 (650-1100) and Paper 2 (1066-1550). I additionally teach Prelims Paper 1A, which focuses on the English language. I am able to supervise final-year theses which focus on medieval literature.

In my teaching I encourage close textual analysis alongside situating medieval literature in its historical, political, and multilingual contexts. I also incorporate medievalism into my teaching, which intersects with my research interests.

Research

My interests include classical reception, especially the medieval reception of Ovid; the poetry of Chaucer and Gower; forgeries and pseudo-texts; and medievalism. My first book explores scholastic and literary responses to Ovid's exile poetry in the Middle Ages. My current book project focuses on medieval forgeries of Ovid.

Elsewhere, I have interests in Neo-Latin literature; and medievalism, especially the idea of 'forging' the medieval and Chaucerian apocrypha.

I am the Associate Editor for Chapters 2-5 of The Year's Work in English Studies.

I am committed to widening access to medieval and classical literature, and have organised pilgrimages, tours, and talks based on my research.

Select publications

Medieval Responses to Ovid’s Exile, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

'Glossing Book 3 of the Pseudo-Ovidian De vetula' (with Simon Whedbee), The Journal of Medieval Latin 34 (2024): 22-69.

Editor, 'Medieval Forgeries/Forging the Medieval' (with Hannah Armstrong), postmedieval 15.2 (2024).

'Tracing Ovid's "Best Line" in the Middle Ages', The Journal of Medieval Latin 33 (2023): 57-88.

'"Edifying Words" in the Florilegium of New College MS 98', New College Notes 13 (2020): 1-9.