Dr James Paz

Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature

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Overview

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, and have published chapters in various edited collections.

 

My second monograph examines the relationship between craft (cræft) and work (weorc) in Old English literature. I am also writing an article which looks at how modern poets transform the nonhuman voices of the Exeter Book riddles through translation.


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 links between early medieval literature and material culture; the relationships between humans and nonhumans in early medieval literature; modern 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 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

Areas of expertise

  • PE English - Old English, Early Medieval England, Medieval Literature, Medieval Studies, Medievalism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, New Materialisms, Ecocriticism

Keywords

  • Old English, Early Medieval England, Medieval Literature, Medieval Studies, Medievalism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, New Materialisms, Ecocriticism, Thing Theory, Craft

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