Dr Mary Flannery is a scholar of medieval English literature and culture.  Her research concentrates on the connections between literature, reputation, and emotion. Her first book, John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame (Boydell & Brewer, 2012), identified the subject of fame as key to understanding the poetics of fifteenth-century England’s most important author. Her second book, Practicing Shame: Female Honour in the Literature of Medieval England (forthcoming with Manchester University Press), examines how medieval texts encouraged women to cultivate vigilance against shame in order to secure their good reputation. Research for this study was supported by an Early Career Research Fellowship at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion (held between August and October 2013) and a Subvention Tremplin from the University of Lausanne. She was recently awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship to launch a new project on obscenity in premodern copies of The Canterbury Tales.

Mary was educated at Claremont McKenna College and at the University of Cambridge.  While a graduate student at Cambridge, she co-founded the Medieval Reading Group (MRG) and designed, developed, and co-founded Marginalia, the MRG’s online journal, both of which were supported by funds from a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Research Training Grant.  She has held posts at the University of Lausanne, Queen Mary, University of London, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where she co-curated a 2009 exhibition entitled ‘Temptation and Salvation: The Psalms of King David’.

Watch ‘Getting Emotional About Shame in Middle English Literature’, a presentation at the University of Sydney on 14 August 2013.