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Dr Cathy HumeB.A.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Bristol)


Cathy Hume

Dr Cathy HumeB.A.(Oxon.), Ph.D.(Bristol)


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Research interests


I currently convene the first year course Literature 1150-1550, and teach the special subjects The Fairy Tale in English and Rewriting the Bible.  I also contribute to teaching on Introduction to Old English, Arthurian Literature, Chaucer and Chaucerians, and Approaches to Poetry.  I have supervised dissertations on, among other things, medieval and early modern romance, Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, medievalism, fairy tales, Old Norse and Old English literature and children's bibles.

At postgraduate level, I am supervising or have supervised projects on Chaucer, medieval romance, the reception of the Bible in Middle English, medievalism and hagiography.  I would be particularly keen to supervise work related to my interests in biblical literature, Chaucer, medieval narrative, cultures of reading, or any project that brings together social, cultural and intellectual history with medieval literature in English and French, broadly conceived. 

I am also the Department’s Director of Exams in 2019/20.

I am the director of the MA in Medieval Studies in 2019/20; I run the placement unit and contribute to teaching on the History of the Book and Research Skills for Medievalists.  Please email me with any questions you have about the MA!  For more information on this interdisciplinary programme, and on other opportunities for postgraduate medieval study at the University of Bristol, see


Current research

My main current research project is on biblical poetry in Middle English.  I have published a few articles on this subject, most recently an article in New Medieval Literatures 18 on the fifteenth-century Life of Job.  I am now in the final stages of a book on thirteenth and fourteenth-century biblical narratives, including SusannaCleanness and Patience.  I have various public engagement plans for this project in conjunction with regional partners - please get in touch if you are interested in collaborating, as I would love to do more! 

My PhD investigated Chaucer's presentation of love and marriage relationships in relation to their social historical context, approached through letter collections and advice literature. It was published as Chaucer and the Cultures of Love and Marriage, Bristol Studies in Medieval Culture (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012).  I continue to be broadly interested in the literature of medieval Britain and its social and cultural contexts.

I am also starting to think about the cognitive aspects of how readers make sense of narratives, in relation to medieval romance.  I gave a presentation to Malory 550 conference in August 2019 on how this might be a fruitful approach to Malory’s Morte, and would be delighted to make contact with other researchers in literature and psychology who have an interest in this area.

At Bristol I am an active member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Material Texts.

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Postal address:
3-5 Woodland Road
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    The Auchinleck Adam and Eve: An Exemplary Family Story

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  2. Published

    Domestic writing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  3. Unpublished

    Gawain’s misogynist rant and the psychosocial role of blame

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  4. Published
  5. Published

    Lewd language: English and its others in medieval versions of Scripture

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  6. Published

    Chaucer and the cultures of love and marriage

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  7. Published

    Why did Gower write the Traitié?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

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