Dr Anke Bernau

Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Lit

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Supervision areas:

I would be happy to supervise research in any of the areas related to my research interests. The John Rylands library, with its large collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, its electronic resources (such as Early English Books Online, Literature Online and electronic image collections such as ARTSTOR and LUNA) and its comprehensive range of critical materials provides an ideal research environment for students interested in medieval literature, culture and medievalism.

Recent and Current PhD Students and their Theses (for which I was/am Main Supervisor):

  • Meaghan Allen. 'Sacred Slayers and (Un)Willing Martyrs: The Female Martyr-Topos in Medieval Hagiography and Contemporary Gothic/Horror' (Jan. 2021 -). 
  • Emily Harless. 'Memories of Margery Kempe: Remembering in and Rememberings of The Book of Margery Kempe' (September 2019 -)
  • Gillian Redfern. 'Back to the Future? Look North - It's Positively Medieval!' [AHRC-funded; started Sept. 2018 -)


  • Hannah Priest: 'Monstrous Subjectivity in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Verse' [successfully completed in 2009]
  • Kate Ash: ' "Off quhat nacioun art thow?": The Enigma of National Identity in the Middle Ages' [successfully completed in 2010]
  • Stephen Gordon, 'The Theatre of Death: Ghosts, Perception and the Funerary Performance' [successfully completed 2013]
  • Daisy Black, 'Mind the Gap:Time, Gender and Conflict in the Late Medieval Mystery Plays ' [successfully completed 2014]