Dr Sue Niebrzydowski MA, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA

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Dr Sue Niebrzydowski MA, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA
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Room 313, New Arts

Dr Niebrzydowski is Deputy Director of the Graduate School for the College of Arts and Humanities, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Bangor University Academy of Teaching Fellows.


  • Senior Tutor (School-level)
  • Disability Contact (School-level)
  • Mature Students’ Liaison (School-level)
  • Acting Chair of Recruitment Group (School-level)
  • MA in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Co-ordinator)

Enjoys teaching

Chaucer, medieval drama, and medieval women’s writing (devotional and secular), early modern drama and poetry.  I would be delighted to work with postgraduates interested in literature for, by and about medieval women, especially ways in which medieval literature is in dialogue with non-literary works, including the visual arts.


  • PhD supervision

  • QXE4011/4012 Open Essay

  • QXE 4025 Manuscripts and Printed Books (Co-cordinator)

  • QXE 4029 Women’s Devotional Writing in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

  • QXE 4015 Introduction to Literary Theory, Scholarship and Research

  • KAH 4401 Understanding the Middle Ages

  • College of Arts and Humanities Graduate School Small Group Teaching: professional training for postgraduate teachers


Year 1

  • QXE 1003 Heroes and Villains: Introduction to Medieval Literature  (Co-ordinator)

  • QXE 1004 The Literature of Laughter

  • QXE 1005 Travellers’ Tales

Year 2

  • QXE 2101 Medieval Literature

  • QXE 2011 Shakespeare and Early Modern Dramatists

  • QXE 2014/2015 Special Author: Margery Kempe; The York Realist

Year 3

  • QXE3096 Medieval Women’s Literature (Co-ordinator)

  • QXE 3090 Chaucer (Co-ordinator)

  • QXE 3099 Dissertation supervision

Research Profile

My research profile has always been interdisciplinary in nature, focusing most particularly upon women and the dialogue between literature and cultural texts that attempt to construct paradigms of medieval womanhood. My monograph, Bonoure and Buxum: A Study of Wives in Medieval Literature (2006) paid particular attention to married women, a group often overlooked in preference for virgins and widows. My more recent research has focused on the effects of ageing on women’s responses medieval literature, a topic that resulted in my edited collection of essays, Middle-Aged Women in the Middle Ages (2011). I have a particular interest in the intersections of age, gender and devotional practice, and am currently exploring medieval women’s devotion to the Virgin Mary. I have continued to have an interest in medieval drama, and I am co-editor with Pamela M. King and Diana Wyatt of the MHRA’s Yearbook 43 of English Studies: Early Drama (2013). Additionally, I am interested in digitising medieval manuscripts, and was a member of the AHRB-funded, St Albans Psalter project (2003). I am also Reviews Editor (medieval and early modern) of the English Association's academic journal English, published by Oxford University Press.

I am a member of the following research clusters:

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Major Publications

  • Niebrzydowski, S., P. M. King and D. Wyatt, eds., Yearbook of English Studies: Early English Drama (Modern  Humanities Research Association, 2013). ISBN 978-1-78188-080-7.  
  •  ‘The Middle-Aged Meanderings of Margery Kempe: Medieval Women and Pilgrimage’ in Isabelle Cochelin and Karen Smyth, eds., Medieval Life Cycles: Continuity and Change (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 265-288.ISBN: 978-2-503-54069-6. 
  • Niebrzydowski, S., ed., Middle-Aged Women in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, Gender in the Middle Ages Series, 2011). ISBN: 978-1-84384-282-8.
  • ‘Marian Literature’ in L. McAvoy and D. Watt, eds., The History of British Women’s Writing, vol.1: 700-1500 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 112-120. ISBN: 978-0-230-23510-6.
  • ‘"Asperges me, Domine, hyssopo": Male Voices, Female Interpretation and the Medieval English Purification of Women After Childbirth Ceremony,' Early Music 39 (3), (2011), 315-326.  ISSN 0306-1078
  • 'Monstrous Appetite and Belly-Laughs: A reconsideration of the humour in The Weddyng of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell’, Arthurian Literature 27 (2010), 87-102. ISBN 978 1 843842583.
  • ‘From Bedroom to Courtroom: Home and the Memory of Childbirth in the case of Alice de Roucliff’, Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space, 6.2 (July 2009), 123-134. ISSN 978 1 84788 516 6. 
  •  Niebrzydowski, S., K. Fitzgibbon et al, eds., First-Year Experience Wales: A Practice Guide (HE Academy, 2009).
  •  '"So wel koude he me glose": The Erotics of Touch in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue’ in Cory Rushton and Amanda Hopkins, eds., The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain (Boydell and Brewer, 2007). ISBN 9781843841197. 
  • Niebrzydowski, S. Bonoure and Buxum: A Study of Wives in Late Medieval English Literature (Peter Lang AG, September 2006). ISBN 3-03910-727-5.
  • ‘From Scriptorium to Internet: the implication of audience on the translation of the Psalms from the St Albans Psalter’, Translation and Religion: Holy Untranslatable?, ed. Lynne Long, (Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, June 2005), 151-61.
  • ‘Encouraging Marriage IN FACIE ECCLESIAE: The Mary Play ‘Betrothal’ and the Sarum Ordo ad faciendum Sponsalia’, Medieval English Theatre, Volume 24 (2002), January 2004, 44-61. ISSN 0143-3784.
  • ‘Monstrous (M)othering: The Representation of the Sowdanesse in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale, in Liz Herbert McAvoy & Teresa Walters, eds., Consuming Narratives: Gender and Monstrous Appetite in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002),  196-207. ISBN 0-7083-1742-1.
  • 'The Sultana and Her Sisters: Black Women in the British Isles before 1530’, Women’s History Review, volume 10, Number 2 (2001), 187-210.

Current Support for Others' Research

Peer Recognition

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (November 2011)
  • Conference Secretary, Medieval English Theatre (since 2007)
  • External Examiner
  • Academic Press Reader