Dr James Paz

Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature

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After receiving my PhD from King’s College London in 2013, I lectured for a brief spell at the University of Leeds, before being appointed as Lecturer in Early Medieval English Literature at the University of Manchester in September 2014.

I am the author of Nonhuman Voices in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Material Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of Medieval Science Fiction (KCLMS, 2016). I have published peer-reviewed articles in Exemplaria, New Medieval Literatures and the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. My current research examines modern translations and poetic responses to Old English riddles, and I am also working on a long-term study of 'craft' in early medieval English literature.

At Manchester, I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on topics such as Beowulf, Old English literature, Middle English literature, modern medievalism, translation and critical theory. Since March 2018, I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I welcome proposals from research students interested in working on any aspect of Old English or medieval literary culture, including (but not limited to) the following topics: the intersections between early medieval literature and material culture; the relationships between humans and nonhumans in early medieval literature; medievalism (especially in science fiction and fantasy); theoretical approaches to medieval literatures (especially new materialism and ecocriticism).

In June 2017, I co-organised (with Prof David Matthews) the biennial MAMO: Middle Ages in the Modern World international conference. From 2016-19, I served on the committee for TOEBI (Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland) and I organised and hosted the annual TOEBI conference at Manchester in November 2019.

I am also one of the General Editors of the Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture book series: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/series/manchester-medieval-literature-and-culture/

Email: James.Paz@manchester.ac.uk
Twitter: @James_A_Paz

Areas of expertise

  • PE English - Old English, Anglo-Saxon Literature, Medieval Literature, Medieval Studies

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