School of English Literature

Raluca Radulescu, BA, MPhil, PhD

Raluca Radulescu
Name
Raluca Radulescu
Position
Reader in Medieval Literature
Email
els201@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1248 382110
Location
213 New Arts

Background

Educated at University of Bucharest (BA) and Manchester (MPhil, PhD), Dr Radulescu has  taught at the Universities of Manchester, Trinity College Dublin and François Rabelais, Tours, and held fellowships at New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Studies, (Bucharest), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris) and the Huntington Library (as Andrew Mellon fellow).

Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS, Bangor Univesity and Aberystwyth University)
  • Director of Graduate Studies (school level)
  • Director, MA in Arthurian Literature
  • Co-director, MA in Medieval Studies

Teaching

Medieval and early modern literature, literary and critical theory, the history of the book, palaeography and codicology, the Arthurian legend (medieval to present), travel literature (classical to present)

Postgraduate

  • QXE4011 Open Essay

  • QXE4015 Introduction to Literary Theory, Scholarship and Research

  • QXE4016 Pre-modern Travel (co-coordinator)

  • QXE4025 Manuscripts and Printed Books (coordinator)

  • QXE4030 Medieval Arthur (coordinator)

  • QXE4031 Post-Medieval Arthur (co-coordinator)

  • QXE4090 MA Dissertation (coordinator)

  • KAH 4401 Understanding the Middle Ages (co-coordinator)

Undergraduate

Year 1

  • QXE1003: Heroes and Villains: Introduction to Medieval Literature

  • QXE1005 Travellers’ Tales

  • QXE1010 Approaches to Literature A

  • QXE1011 Approaches to Literature B

Year 2

  • QXE2101 Medieval Literature (coordinator)
  • Special Author

Year 3

  • QXE3034 Arthurian Literature (coordinator)
  • QXE3090 Chaucer
  • QXE3094 Realms of Magic (coordinator)
  • QXE3095 Authority and Dissent in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Research profile

To date my research has focused on Arthurian and non-Arthurian romances (Sir Thomas Malory and pious romances), medieval chronicles (the Brut tradition and genealogical rolls), political culture and gentry studies. Overall my approach is informed by book history and cultural history - in particular the identification of trends, be they related to the emergence of a group's or individual's identity, political propaganda, or other. These interests are reflected in my publications, from my first monograph, dedicated to Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur as read by his immediate contemporaries, to five collaborative projects I initiated and edited, on romance, chronicles, and genealogical literature (see below). In my second monograph, Romance and its Contexts in Fifteenth-century England: Politics, Piety and Penitence, I argue that two thematic concerns, vocabularies of suffering and genealogical concerns, bring together not only the pious insular romances and Thomas Malory's work (rarely if ever studied together), but also the political discourse emerging from the turmoil of the Wars of the Roses.

In recent years I have started working on two other related projects, one engaging with the cultural importance of the medieval miscellany as a repository of literary and non-literary texts, the other focusing on medieval identity as expressed in visual representations (starting with heraldry but extending into art forms). Work in progress includes a series of articles on Chaucer's 'Knight's Tale', medieval chronicles in codex and roll format, as well as on Mark Twain and modern novels. I am also co-editing two collections of essays: (with Margaret Connolly) Insular Books: Vernacular Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain (forthcoming, the British Academy), and (with Catalina Girbea and Laurent Hablot) Markers of Identity in Medieval Europe, 12th -15th c. (Brepols). The latter are the product of two international research networks I have initiated and am co-coordinating.

 

I am a member of the following research clusters:

Cultures of War and Conflict Resolution Research Network
(Medieval and Early Modern)
Please visit the new culturesofwar.bangor.ac.uk website

Pre-Modern Travel Research Network (PREMOT)
Please visit the new premot.bangor.ac.uk website

CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network)
http://carmen.eldoc.ub.rug.nl/root/

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome postgraduate projects linked to any of the above areas, especially those of an interdisciplinary nature. I am currently supervising research students whose work focuses on the following topics: the translation and reception of three Middle English Merlin romances; the Orient in medieval and early modern romance; the Grail in medieval and modern literature; chorography and the Arthurian legend in the medieval and early modern period.

Major publications

Books

 

 

Selected articles and chapters

  • ‘Preparing for Her Mature Years: the Case of Margaret of Anjou’, in Middle Aged Women in the Middle Ages, ed. Sue Niebrzydowski (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2011), pp. 84-98.
  •  ‘How Christian is Chivalry?’, in Christianity and Romance in Medieval England, eds Rosalind Field, Phillipa Hardman and Michelle Sweeney (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2010), pp. 69-83.
  • ‘Pious Romances Turned Political: the Case of Isumbras, Sir Gowther and Robert of Sicily’, Viator 41:2 (Fall 2010), 333-59.
  • ‘Malory and the Grail’, chapter 22 in A Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. H. Fulton (Maldon, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), pp. 326-39.
  • ‘Malory’s Lancelot and the Key to Salvation’, Arthurian Literature 25 (2008), 93-118.
  • ‘Writing Nation: Shaping Identity in Medieval Historical Narratives’, chapter 21 in Companion to Medieval English Literature c.1350-1500, ed. Peter Brown (Oxford:  Blackwell, 2007), pp. 358-73.
  • ‘Ballad and Popular Romance in the Percy Folio’, Arthurian Literature 23 (2006), 68-80.
  • ‘Gentry Readers of Brut and Genealogical Material’, in Readers and Writers of the Brut Chronicles, see reference above.
  • ‘“Now I take uppon me the adventures to seke of holy thynges’: Lancelot and the Crisis of Arthurian Knighthood’, in Textual Traditions of Mediaeval Arthurian Literature: Essays in Honour of P.J.C. Field, ed. B. Wheeler(Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2004), pp. 285-95.
  • ‘Sir Thomas Malory and Fifteenth-Century Political Ideas’, Arthuriana 13:3 (2003), 36-51.
  • ‘Yorkist Propaganda and the Chronicle from Rollo to Edward IV’ (inclusive of appendix which contains an edition of the chronicle), Studies in Philology 100.4 (2003), 401-24.

 

Current Support for Others' Research

  • 2007-... member of the editorial board of the medieval section of Literature Compass journal
  • 2007-... contributor to the medieval section of Year's Work in English Studies (sections on romance, Malory, and Caxton) 
  • 2010- ... Welsh representative on the UK National Association of Medievalists
  • 2007-... member of the committee of AMARC (Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections
  • 2005-7 and 2007- Organiser of interdisciplinary doctoral training in medieval palaeography and codicology (AHRC funded 2005-7, then by Bangor College of Arts and Humanities)

Peer Recognition

  • 2011, 2012 invited to sit on the AHRC panels for Fellowships and Main Grants (Languages and Literatures)
    2002-10  elected member of the committee of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society
    2006-8 UK and Ireland Liaison Officer, CARMEN (Confederation for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network)
  • 2006: member of the research committee on the Winchester Malory project (with De Montfort and the British Library)
    2002-7: Research Associate, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP), Conseil National de Recherche Scientifique, Sorbonne, Paris

Impact

  • 2013: Literary tour of North Wales (Arthurian romance) organised by Literature Wales and the Welsh Tourism Board
  • 2011: 'Sword in the Stone' documentary for the National Geographic TV Channel, in the series The Ancient X-Files
  • 2010 Invited on the ‘Authoring Arthur’ special event organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company in connection with the staging of Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur
  • 2009 BBC Radio consultant on the Tennyson programme and Arthurian myth
  • BBC radio consultancy on medieval pilgrimage, medieval romance

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