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Professor Clare Lees

Professor of Medieval Literature and History of the Language

Director of Graduate Studies

BA Leeds, MA Leeds, PhD Liverpool

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2181
Address Department of English
King's College London
VWB 7.25 Virginia Woolf Building

22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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Research Interests and PhD supervision

I am a medievalist who works mainly in early medieval literature from the perspective of contemporary Medieval Studies. My work is situated at the intersection of several disciplines: Anglo-Saxon Studies, which takes as its subject English language, literature and culture from about the late fifth century to about the mid-1100s; Medieval Studies, with its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary work; and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

My research projects include studies of gender and the history of women’s writing, religious literature and cultural studies, especially issues of place and landscape, relations between textual and material culture and, increasingly, reworkings of Anglo-Saxon literature by writers of modern, contemporary literature. I often work collaboratively with other medievalists who are similarly interested in contemporary theoretical discourse.

I welcome proposals from research students interested in working on any aspect of Anglo-Saxon literature or Medieval literary culture, including the following approaches:

  • women's writing, gender, sexuality

  • theoretical approaches to medieval literature

  • postcolonial studies

  • place and landscape
  • religious culture

  • medievalism

For more details, please see my research profile.
Selected Publications
  • Clare Lees (2009) 'In Aelfric's words', in A Companion to Ælfric pp. 271-296                                                                                [Chapter]
  • C A Lees (2007)  'Gender in the early medieval world: East and West, 300-900' Social History (London), 32 (1), pp. 114-115.                      [Book Review (Print)]
  • C A Lees (2007)  'Gender in the early medieval world: East and West, 300-900' Social History (London), 32 (1), pp. 114-115.                         [Book Review (Print)]
  • C A Lees (2007)  'Ruling women: Queenship and gender in Anglo-Saxon literature' REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, 58 (235), pp. 393-394.                                                                                 [Book Review (Print)]
  • Clare Lees (2007) 'The Ruthwell Runes and The Dream of the Rood', in Fragments of history. Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle monuments pp. 144-169                                                                      [Chapter]
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.

I teach medieval literature at all levels of the BA English including the following modules: Medieval Literary Culture, Cultural Encounters: Old English Language and Literature; Beowulf: Heroes and Other Monsters; Old English I: Poetic Voices, Old English II: Literature and Belief; and Pre-Conquest Sexualities.  I also contribute lectures and seminars to the Middle English courses in the department, and to the first year module, Reading Poetry.

I contribute to the MA Medieval English: Sex, Gender and Culture and to the MA in Medieval Studies, offering the module, Books and Bodies.  I also contribute to the module on the Visual and Verbal and to core courses in both of the MAs.






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