About this Fellow
At the core of most of what I do is a curiosity about the psychology of literary response: the ways in which writers struggle to express experiences and acts of imagination, the strategies they use to articulate their understanding of these experiences and imaginative acts, and the codes and conventions that develop between texts and readers to allow communication and understanding to develop and to be manipulated. What the Arabs called 'the imaginative syllogism' drives my interest in medieval poetic (as sharply distinguished from rhetorical) theory as it can be recovered from commentaries and theoretical writings from the twelfth through to the sixteenth centuries.
- J R R Tolkien Professor of English, University of Oxford
The history of Papacy in the Middle Ages (11-15 c.): with particular attention on cultural anthropology, self-representation, symbolism, rituality and prolongation of life
The economic history of late-medieval Britain and Ireland, with particular reference to human-environment interactions during the 14th century and trends in agricultural output and productivity from the 13th to 19th centuries
French history from 1000 - 1350; the French in the kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1309; the political ideas of Godfrey of Viterbo; the sires de Beaujeu, 950-1350
Medieval History - Medieval Studies