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Dr Josh Davies

Josh DaviesLecturer in Medieval Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7812


Address Department of English and Comparative Literature
King's College London
Room 7.11, Virginia Woolf Building 
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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I am a medievalist and specialise in Old English literature, visual and material culture, and medievalism. My current research focuses on cultural memory in and of medieval Britain and recent projects have included a study of Gothic architecture in North America and an essay on environment, gender and community in the Life of St Mildrith.
Research interests
  • Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon culture
    I am particularly interested in intersections between history, poetry and visual culture in the early medieval period and perceptions of the environment in medieval Britain.
  • The post-medieval reception of medieval culture
    This is the second major strand of my research. I am especially interested in modern translations and appropriations of medieval culture in literary and visual art.

  • Museology and ways of knowing the medieval past
    I am very interested in how the presentation of the medieval past alters across time and culture and intersects with ideas of national and ethnic identity. I am fascinated by the cultural, critical, ideological and commercial work the idea of the ‘Middle Ages’ has been put to in the modern world.

For more details, please see Josh's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • “‘Beyond the profane’: Machine Gothic and the cultural memory of the future”, forthcoming in American/Medieval, ed. Gillian Overing and Ulrike Wiethaus (2016)
  • “The anachronic medieval: Public art, cultural memory and the medievalist imagination”, forthcoming in Studies in Medievalism (2016)
  • “The Landscapes of Thanet and the Legend of St Mildrith: Human and Nonhuman Voices, Agencies and Histories”, English Studies (2015)
  • “The Languages of Old English Literature: Words, Styles, Voices”, The Cambridge History of Early Medieval Literature, ed. Clare A. Lees (2013)
  • “The Reverse Chronology of St Alfege Church: A Suitable Monument for Anglo-Saxon England?”, Anglo-Saxon Traces, ed. Jane Roberts and Lesley Webster, Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies, Vol 4 (2011)

For a complete list of publications, please see Josh's full research profile.

I have taught on the following courses at King’s:

  • Reading Poetry
  • Language in Time
  • Medieval Literary Culture
  • Cultural Encounters: Language and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Performance in Medieval Culture
  • London Literature
  • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Religious Writing
  • Language on the Edge
  • Beowulf
  • Medievalism: From Gothic to Today
  • The Visual and the Verbal in the Middle Ages (postgraduate)
  • Books and Bodies (postgraduate)
  • Making the Middle Ages (postgraduate)









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