Prof David Matthews

Professor of Medieval and Medievalism Studies

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Research interests

My current work is on the continuities of Middle English literature into the Tudor period. An initial foray in this area was the collection of essays I co-edited with Gordon McMullan in 2007, Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England. My own contribution to that book was on the Chaucer editions of Thomas Speght. I've also published on the Chaucer edition of William Thynne and the Gower edition of Thomas Berthelette, and am now considering the continuity of less canonical literature, such as devotional prose writings. I'm working on a book project with the provisional title, Marvellous Darkness: The Presence of the Middle Ages in Tudor England.

I remain interested in English literature in the century or so immediately before Chaucer. My book Writing to the King: Nation, Kingship and Literature in England , 1250-1350 (Cambridge, 2010), looks at ideas of nationhood in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, particularly as represented in chronicles and political verses.

I am also interested in most aspects of the post-medieval reception of the Middle Ages, particularly in the British and Australian contexts. I have charted the development of Middle English studies in two books (The Making of Middle English1765-1910 [U of Minnesota Press, 1999] and The Invention of Middle English: An Anthology of Sources [Penn State Press, 2000]). I am also interested in medievalism in its various manifestations (popular and scholarly) especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; this is the focus of my book Medievalism: A Critical History (Brewer, 2015) and also of Subaltern Medievalisms (co-edited with Mike Sanders, Boydell, 2021). With my colleague James Paz, I organised the MAMO conference at Manchester in 2017 (see



Research and projects

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