The medieval & Renaissance literature & history of Spain from 1200 to 1700, with special interests in literacy, libraries & the history of ideas; humanism; imperialism
About this Fellow
Jill Mann took her BA from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She taught medieval literature at Cambridge from 1972 onwards, and from 1988 to 1998 was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English .She held a British Academy Research Readership from 1985 to 1987. From 1998 to 2004 she was Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her books include Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire (1973) and Feminizing Chaucer (2002), and an edition of the Canterbury Tales for Penguin Classics. She has also edited and translated the Latin beast epic Ysengrimus; her book on medieval English beast literature, From Aesop to Reynard (2009), won the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize, awarded by the British Academy, in 2011. She has published over 50 articles on medieval literature in English, Latin, French, and Italian; fifteen of them are collected in Life in Words: Essays on Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Malory, edited by Mark David Rasmussen . She is currently working on an edition and translation of the Speculum Stultorum, another 12th-century Latin beast epic. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, and a Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.
The social & cultural history of Continental Europe in Late Antiquity & the Middle Ages.
Medieval literary theory and the psychology of literary response; poetic identity in the Middle Ages; Nietzschean slow reading; medieval religious writing ("vernacular theology"); Syon Abbey; history of the book
Medieval history; heresy, inquisition & 'religions': university texts as the locus for medieval thought about contemporary social topics such as medicine, peoples and population.