Prof Raluca Radulescu
Professor of Medieval Literature
BA, MPhil, PhD, SFHEA, FLSW
Location: 314 New Arts
I am Director of Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Linguistics, and founding Director of the Centre for Arthurian Studies in the College of Arts, Humanities and Business. I was Co-director of IMEMS (Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Bangor and University of Aberystwyth) for 5 years (2013-18) and founding director of the Centre for Medieval Studies (2005-13).
I am also founding director of the cross-school MA in Medieval Studies and of the MA in Arthurian Literature.
I was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in March 2018 and was awarded a Bangor Teaching Excellence Fellowship in July 2017.
I teach medieval and early modern literature, literary and critical theory, the history of the book, palaeography (which I reintroduced in the curriculum at Bangor University from 2005), medieval romance, Arthurian legend (medieval to present), travel literature (classical to present), children's literature and modern fantasy.
In July 2017 I was awarded a Bangor Teaching Excellence Fellowship. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have supervised 4 research students to completion:
Elina Harjula, MPhil, 'Horses in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur' (MPhil, 2010)
Ambra Finotello, PhD, 'Transformations of the Merlin Legend in Late-Medieval England: Contextualizing Translation in Of Arthour and of Merlin, Henry Lovelich’s Merlin, and the Prose Merlin' (PhD, 2014)
Anastasija Ropa, PhD, 'Representations of the Grail in Medieval and Modern Literature' (PhD, 2014)
Daisy Le Helloco, PhD ‘Sense of Place and the Writing of Early Modern British History in Medieval and Early Modern England’ (PhD, 2018)
I am currently supervising 3 PhD students (thesis titles provisional)
Ashley Walchester-Bailes, 'Editing Malory in the Modern Period: from Winchester MS to Vinaver's edition'
Isra'a Alqallab, 'The History of Emotions and Medieval Romance: King Horn, Guy of Warwick, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'
Audrey Martin, 'Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Geoffrey of Monmouth and his continuators'
I welcome postgraduate projects linked to any of my areas of research interest.
My research focuses on late medieval literature and culture, more specifically Arthurian and non-Arthurian romances (Thomas Malory and popular 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. In recent years I 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).
My research covers English, French and other continental romance languages and traditions, reflecting my trilingual background (Romanian, French, English) and other languages I have different levels of proficiency in (Italian, Spanish, Russian) or use in academic research and/or literary translation (Latin, Old French, Old English).
I have been involved in, and continue to undertake, literary translation projects. My latest is a translation of the ninth-century Irish poem Pangur Bán, into Romanian, for the Trinity College Dublin Centre for Literary Translation (a collaborative project published in 2017).
- Editing and Interpretation of Middle English TextsConnolly, M & Radulescu, R (eds) 2018, Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts: Essays in Honour of William Marx. Texts & Transitions , no. 12, Brepols, Turnhout.
- The Middle English Brut Chronicles and the Modern EditorRadulescu, R 2018, The Middle English Brut Chronicles and the Modern Editor. in M Connolly & R Radulescu (eds), Editing and Interpretation of Middle English Texts: Essays in Honour of William Marx. Texts & Transitions, no. 12, Brepols, Turnhout.
- King Arthur in Middle English Brut Chronicles and GenealogiesRadulescu, R & Rajsic, J 2018, King Arthur in Middle English Brut Chronicles and Genealogies. in Litterature arthurienne tardive en Europe. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes.
- Spiritual MaloryRadulescu, R 2019, Spiritual Malory. in M Leitch & CJ Rushton (eds), A New Companion to Malory. D.S. Brewer, Cambridge.
- Sir Percyvell of GallesRadulescu, R 2017, Sir Percyvell of Galles: a Quest for Values. in L Tether & J McFadyen (eds), Handbook of Arthurian Romance: King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature. 1st edn, De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, pp. 389-402.
- Tears and liesRadulescu, RL 2015, Tears and lies: Emotions and the ideals of Malory's world. in F Brandsma, C Larrington & C Saunders (eds), Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature: Body, Mind, Voice, Arthurian Studies. Boydell & Brewer.
- Emotions in Chaucer's RomancesRadulescu, RL 2015, 'Emotions in Chaucer's Romances' Paper presented at International Medieval Congress, June 2015, University of Leeds, 3/01/01, pp. Paper 1331-c.
- A Companion to Fifteenth-Century English PoetryRadulescu, RL 2015, 'A Companion to Fifteenth-Century English Poetry' Modern Language Review, vol. 10, no. 3. DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.110.3.0815
- Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval BritainConnolly, M & Radulescu, RL (eds) 2015, Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain. OUP.
- IntroductionRadulescu, RL, Connolly, M (ed.) & Radulescu, RL (ed.) 2015, Introduction. in Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain: Proceedings of the British Academy. OUP, pp. 1-28.
- Vying for Attention: the Contents of Trinity College Dublin MS 432Radulescu, RL, Connolly, M (ed.) & Radulescu, RL (ed.) 2015, Vying for Attention: the Contents of Trinity College Dublin MS 432. in Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain: Proceedings of the British Academy. OUP, pp. 121-142.
- Malory's Afterlives in Contemporary CultureRadulescu, RL 2015, Malory's Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. in Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Bloomsbury.
- Reading King Robert of Sicily's Text(s) and Manuscript Context(s)Radulescu, RL & Perkins, N (ed.) 2015, Reading King Robert of Sicily's Text(s) and Manuscript Context(s). in Medieval Romance and Material Culture. D.S. Brewer. DOI: www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14677
- Malory and his European Contemporaries: Adapting Late Arthurian Romance Collections (Book review)Radulescu, RL & Radulescu, R 2015, 'Malory and his European Contemporaries: Adapting Late Arthurian Romance Collections (Book review)' Medium Aevum, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 341-342.
- Emotions from Chretien to MaloryRadulescu, RL 2014, 'Emotions from Chretien to Malory' Paper presented at International Arthurian Congress, University of Bucharest, Romania, 20-27 July 2014, 3/01/01, . DOI: www.internationalarthuriansociety.com/events/view/international-congress/
- Marqueurs D'Identite Dans La Litterature Medievale: Mettre En Signe L'Individu Et La Famille (Xiie-Xve Siecles): Actes Du Colloque Tenu a Poitiers LesRadulescu, RL, Girbera, C (ed.), Hablot, L (ed.) & Radulescu, RL (ed.) 2014, Marqueurs D'Identite Dans La Litterature Medievale: Mettre En Signe L'Individu Et La Famille (Xiie-Xve Siecles): Actes Du Colloque Tenu a Poitiers Les. Brepols Publishers. DOI: www.brepolsonline.net/doi/book/10.1484/M.HIFA-EB.6.09070802050003050501030604
- Romance and its Contexts in Fifteenth-Century England: Politics, Piety and PenitenceRadulescu, RL 2013, Romance and its Contexts in Fifteenth-Century England: Politics, Piety and Penitence. Boydell & Brewer.
- Preparing for her Mature Years: the Case of Margaret of Anjou and her booksRadulescu, RL & Niebrzydowski, SA (ed.) 2011, Preparing for her Mature Years: the Case of Margaret of Anjou and her books. in Middle-aged women in the Middle Ages. 2011 edn, D.S. Brewer, pp. 115-138.
- How Christian is Chivalry?Radulescu, RL, Field, R (ed.), Hardman, P (ed.) & Sweeney, M (ed.) 2010, How Christian is Chivalry? in Christianity and Romance in Medieval England. 2010 edn, Boydell & Brewer, pp. 69-83.
- Pious Romances Turned Political: the Case of Isumbras, Sir Gowther and Robert of SicilyRadulescu, RL 2010, 'Pious Romances Turned Political: the Case of Isumbras, Sir Gowther and Robert of Sicily' Viator, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 333-359.
- A Companion to Medieval Popular RomanceRadulescu, RL & Rushton, CJ (eds) 2009, A Companion to Medieval Popular Romance. 2009 edn, D.S. Brewer.
- Broken Lines: Genealogical Literature in Medieval Britain and FranceRadulescu, RL & Kennedy, ED (eds) 2009, Broken Lines: Genealogical Literature in Medieval Britain and France. 2009 edn, Brepols Publishers.
- Genre and Classification.Radulescu, RL, Radulescu, RL (ed.) & Rushton, CJ (ed.) 2009, Genre and Classification. in A Companion to Medieval Popular Romance. 2009 edn, D.S. Brewer, pp. 31-48.
- Malory and the quest for the Holy GrailRadulescu, RL & Fulton, H (ed.) 2009, Malory and the quest for the Holy Grail. in Companion to Arthurian Literature. 2009 edn, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 326-339.
- Malory's Lancelot and the Key to SalvationRadulescu, RL, Archibald, E (ed.) & Johnson, DF (ed.) 2008, Malory's Lancelot and the Key to Salvation. in Arthurian Literature 25. 2008 edn, Boydell & Brewer, pp. 93-118.
- Ballad and Popular Romance in the Percy FolioRadulescu, RL 2006, 'Ballad and Popular Romance in the Percy Folio' Arthurian Literature, vol. 23, no. 2006, pp. 68-80.
- Writing Nation: Shaping Identity in Medieval Historical NarrativesRadulescu, RL & Brown, P (ed.) 2006, Writing Nation: Shaping Identity in Medieval Historical Narratives. in A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture C.1350-C.1500. 2006 edn, WileyBlackwell, pp. 358-373.
- Gentry Culture in Late Medieval England.Radulescu, RL & Truelove, A (eds) 2005, Gentry Culture in Late Medieval England. 2005 edn, Manchester University Press.
- LiteratureRadulescu, RL, Radulescu, RL (ed.) & Truelove, A (ed.) 2005, Literature. in Gentry Culture in Late Medieval England. 2005 edn, Manchester University Press, pp. 100-118.
- Re-viewing Le Morte Darthur: Texts and Contexts, Characters and Themes.Whetter, KS & Radulescu, RL (eds) 2005, Re-viewing Le Morte Darthur: Texts and Contexts, Characters and Themes. 2005 edn, D.S. Brewer.
- “Oute of measure”: Violence and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte DarthurRadulescu, RL, Whetter, KS (ed.) & Radulescu, RL (ed.) 2005, “Oute of measure”: Violence and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur. in Re-viewing Le Morte Darthur: Texts and Contexts: Characters and Themes. 2005 edn, D.S. Brewer, pp. 119-131.
- 'Now I take uppon me the adventures to seke of holy thynges' : Lancelot and the crisis of Arthurian knighthoodRadulescu, RL & Wheeler, B (ed.) 2004, 'Now I take uppon me the adventures to seke of holy thynges' : Lancelot and the crisis of Arthurian knighthood. in Arthurian studies in honour of P.J.C. Field. 2004 edn, D.S. Brewer, pp. 285-296.
- Yorkist Propaganda and the Chronicle from Rollo to Edward IV.Radulescu, RL 2003, 'Yorkist Propaganda and the Chronicle from Rollo to Edward IV.' Studies in Philology, vol. 100, no. 4, pp. 401-424. DOI: 10.1353/sip.2003.0021
- Sir Thomas Malory and Fifteenth-Century Political IdeasRadulescu, RL 2003, 'Sir Thomas Malory and Fifteenth-Century Political Ideas' Arthuriana, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 36-51.
- The Gentry Context for Malory's Morte Darthur.Radulescu, RL 2003, The Gentry Context for Malory's Morte Darthur. D.S. Brewer.
- “Talkyng of cronycles of kinges and of other polycyez”: Fifteenth-Century Miscellanies, the Brut and the Readership of Le Morte DarthurRadulescu, RL 2001, '“Talkyng of cronycles of kinges and of other polycyez”: Fifteenth-Century Miscellanies, the Brut and the Readership of Le Morte Darthur' Arthurian Literature, vol. 18, no. 2001, pp. 125-141.
- BA conference
- Spiritual Journeys Through Political Landscapes
I have just completed my term as elected President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society (2015-18) and was elected founding Editor of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society (2011-17) and editor of the Annual Bibliography of the International Arthurian Society (2011-15).
I am a member of the committee of the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC), and have been an AHRC peer review college member for ten years (2007-2017). I sat on the AHRC panels for individual fellowships, Main grants and Leadership Fellows for several years, and I have been an assessor of HERA applications.
I have been an external examiner of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and PhD external examiner at several HEI institutions in the UK and abroad.
I am a regular consultant and contributor to radio and TV programmes in the UK and internationally on the Arthurian legend and medieval studies. I have written articles for The Conversation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), and given interviews for the local and national press. Other invited lectures and media appearances include:
- 2018 guest lectures at University of Düsseldorf, University of Lisbon (as plenary speaker at conference), Flintshire Historical Association
- 2017 guest speaker at Bradford International Literature festival
- 2017 public lecture at the Skinners' Guild, London
- 2016 invited public lecture at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
- 2016 initiator and co-organiser of 'Medieval Fun Day' primary schools event in Caernarfon castle (CADW)
- 2015 initiator and co-organiser of 'King Arthur Family day' at Bangor University Library
- 2015: interview with BBC radio Wales, on the 'Today programme' (13 April 2015)
- 2015: interview with ABC Radio, Australian national broadcast, on the 'Overnight programme', on King Arthur and Arthurian legends
- 2015: Curator of the public exhibition 'The Arthurian Legend: Past and Present in Conversation in the Bangor Rare Books Collection and the Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection' (13 April- 7 May); guided tours
- 2015: Co-organiser, with Bangor University Library, of the event 'Celebrating 50 years of Arthurian Studies at Bangor University', including a public lecture, given by guest Dr Roger Simpson
- 2014: Initiator and member of the working party who facilitated the donation of the Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection to Bangor University Library, in collaboration with Bangor University Library
- 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
- 2015 reviewer for HERA and AHRC panels
- 2012- external examiner for UG and PG programmes in medieval and early modern literature at two universities (UK and abroad)
- 2009 - external examiner for research theses in a number of UK HEI and abroad
- 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
I hold degrees from the University of Manchester (PhD, MPhil in English medieval literature) and the University of Bucharest (BA joint honours in English language, literature, linguistics and culture and Romanian language, literature and culture) and have taught at the University of Manchester, Trinity College Dublin and University François Rabelais, Tours.
I was a research fellow at New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Studies, Bucharest, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris) and the Huntington Library (as Andrew Mellon fellow) and a visiting researcher at Harvard University.