Authored and Edited MonographsCover

Geoffrey Chaucer: The Merry Bard (Reaktion, forthcoming 2024).

Practising Shame: Female honour in later medieval England (Manchester University Press, 2019).

  • Q&A with Prof. Flannery about the book may be found here.

Emotion & Medieval Textual Media, ed. by Mary C. Flannery (Brepols, 2018).

Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Carrie Griffin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Katie L. Walter (D. S. Brewer, 2013).

John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame (D.S. Brewer, 2012).

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  • Reviewed in the Times Literary SupplementSpeculum, Medium Aevum, the Review of English Studies, JEGP (Journal of English and Germanic Philology), and Marginalia.

    John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame

    John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame


Peer-Reviewed Articles

‘Delimiting Chaucerian Obscenity in Caxton’s Second Edition of The Canterbury Tales’, The Review of English Studies, 73.310 (2022), 452-58.

Et cetera: Obscenity and Textual Play in the Hengwrt Manuscript’, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 42 (2020), 1-25.

’Many Words, Many Turds: Middle English Proverbial Wisdom and the Incontinence of Female Speech’, Medieval Feminist Forum  57.1 (2021), 97-120.

’Good Fun: Cecily Chaumpaigne and the Ethics of Chaucerian Obscenty’, The Chaucer Review 56.4 (2021), 360-77.

‘Response: Langlandian Personification’, response to essay cluster in Yearbook of Langland Studies 33 (2019), 231-38.

‘Looking for Scribal Play in Oxford, New College, MS 314′New College Notes 12 (2019).

‘Gower’s Blushing Bird, Philomela’s Transforming Face’, postmedieval 8.1 (2017), 35-50.

‘Personification and Embodied Emotional Practice in Middle English Literature’, Literature Compass 13/6 (2016), 351-61 (special issue on ‘Emotions and Feelings in the Middle Ages’).

‘Unspeakable words: Translating linguistic taboo into medieval historical fiction’ (note), postmedieval 7.2 (2016) 300-3 (special issue on ‘Writ Large: History, Fiction, and the Humanities’).

‘Teaching with Twitter: A Medievalist’s Case Study’, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, 22.1 (2015), 99-109.

‘”Sum men sayis…”: Literary Gossip and Malicious Intent in Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid’,  Forum for Modern Language Studies (2014), doi: 10.1093/fmls/cqu003 (winner of the Runner-up Prize in the Forum Essay Competition, 2013).  View abstract

‘The Concept of Shame in Late-Medieval English Literature’, Literature Compass 9, issue 2 (2012), 166-82.

As well as describing dishonour itself, the Middle English word ‘shame’ can refer either to the emotion resulting from an awareness of dishonour or disgrace, or to the anticipation of dishonour, the potential for disgrace to be experienced. Late-medieval English literature reveals the interrelation between the personal experience of shame and the way it is produced in relation to others, typically through such kinds of exposure as showing and telling. This essay draws attention to the complex ways in which shame is imagined in late-medieval English literature. It begins by considering the two major focal points of late-medieval shame studies so far: chivalric literature and Christian shame. After surveying the approaches that have been taken to date, it suggests new themes that deserve critical attention in these areas. The remainder of this essay points to other literary contexts in which we might investigate shame more closely. While chivalric and devotional texts are significant areas in which shame was imagined, medical, conduct, and advisory texts also engage with the concept of shame in important ways.

‘A Bloody Shame: Chaucer’s Honourable Women’, The Review of English Studies 62 (2011), 337-57. View abstractSpaces Cover

‘The Getty Manuscripts’ (note), Marginalia, 7 (2008).

‘Brunhilde on Trial: Fama and Lydgatean Poetics’, The Chaucer Review, vol. 42, no. 2 (2007), 139-60.

Selected Essays, Chapters, and Introductions

‘”You and Me, Baby, Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals”: Animal Metaphors and Sexual Consent in the Poetry of William Dunbar’, in Rape Culture and Female Resistance in Late Medieval Literature, ed. by Sarah Baechle, Carissa Harris, and Elizaveta Strakhov (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2022).

‘Introduction: Medieval Emotion and Texts as/in Media’, in Emotion & Medieval Textual Media, ed. by Mary C. Flannery (Brepols, 2019).

‘Tutivillus and the Policing of Speech in MS Douce 104′, in Middle English Lyrics: New Readings of Short Poems, ed. by Julia Boffey and Christiania Whitehead (D. S. Brewer, 2018).

‘Privy Reading’, in Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Carrie Griffin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

‘Introduction’ (with Carrie Griffin), in Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Carrie Griffin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

‘The English Laureate in Time: John Skelton’s Garland of Laurel‘, in Medieval Into Renaissance: Essays for Helen Cooper, ed. by Andrew King and Matthew Woodcock (D. S. Brewer, 2016).

‘Multimedia Lydgate and stories ”shewyd in fygur”’, in Oxford Handbooks Online, doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.013.004.

‘Emotion and the Ideal Reader in Middle English Gynaecological Texts’, in Literature, Science and Medicine in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, ed. by Rachel Falconer and Denis Renevey: SPELL, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 28 (Narr, 2013).

(with Katie L. Walter) ‘”Vttirli Onknowe”?  Modes of Inquiry and the Dynamics of Interiority in Vernacular Literature’, in The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Katie L. Walter (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013).Culture of Inquisition

(with Katie L. Walter) ‘Introduction’, in The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England, ed. by Mary C. Flannery and Katie L. Walter (D.S. Brewer, 2013).

‘Introduction’, Incunabula: The Printing Revolution in Europe, 1455-1500; Units 63, 64, and 74: Romances (Research Publications, 2011).

‘The Shame of the Rose: A Paradox’, in Guilt and Shame: Essays in French Literature, Cinema, and Thought, ed. by Jennifer Chamarette and Jennifer Higgins (Peter Lang, 2010).


Guest Blog Posts

‘Speaking of Chaucer’s Obscenity’, guest post on New Chaucer Society Blog, 19 November 2017.

‘Chaucer the Stranger’, guest post on New Chaucer Society Blog, 20 January 2017.

‘Exploring #emomedia’, guest post on QMUL History of Emotions Blog (edited by Thomas Dixon and Jules Evans), 1 September 2015.

‘Emotions Move, Emotions Matter’, guest post on Histories of Emotion from Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia, blog of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 6 June 2014.

‘Writing a book while teaching (and teaching, and teaching, and teaching…)’, guest post on Pearls of Wisdom, a blog offering professionalization advice to academics (edited and authored by Karen Kelsky), 19 June 2013.

(with Juliette Vuille) ‘Emotion, affect, and sentiment in Switzerland’, guest post on QMUL History of Emotions Blog (edited by Thomas Dixon and Jules Evans), 28 May 2013.


Selected Book Reviews

‘Elisabeth Salter, Popular Reading in English c. 1400-1600’, Times Literary Supplement, 26 June 2013, 8.

‘Alliterative Verse and Lyrics’, Year’s Work in English Studies 91 (2012), 29-34.

‘Stephanie Trigg, Shame and Honor: A Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter’, Times Literary Supplement, 14 December 2012, 30.

Arthurian Literature XXVII’, Times Literary Supplement, 13 May 2011, 27.

‘David Matthews, ed, In Strange Countries: Middle English literature and its afterlife’, Times Literary Supplement, 18 March 2011, 25.

‘Katharine Breen, Imagining an English Reading Public, 1150-1400’, Times Literary Supplement, 4 March 2011, 26-7.

‘Jane Bliss, Naming and Namelessness in Medieval Romance’, Arthuriana, vol. 19, no. 3 (2009), 1-2.

‘Alexandra Cuffel, Gendering Disgust in Medieval Religious Polemic’, Medium Aevum, vol. 77, no. 2 (2008), 344-5.

‘Nigel Mortimer, John Lydgate’s Fall of Princes: Narrative Tragedy in Its Literary and Political Contexts’, Notes and Queries, New Series, vol. 53, no. 2 (June 2006), 219-20.

‘Maura Nolan, John Lydgate and the Making of Public Culture, Marginalia, 2 (2005).