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Professor Helen FultonBA(Syd), Dip Celt(Oxon), PhD(Syd)

Chair in Medieval Literature

Helen Fulton

Professor Helen FultonBA(Syd), Dip Celt(Oxon), PhD(Syd)

Chair in Medieval Literature

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Research interests

Helen Fulton’s main research areas are the history and politics of medieval literature, classical reception in the Middle Ages, Celtic studies, Arthurian literature, medieval urban literature, and cultural exchanges between England and Wales in the Middle Ages. She has also published on Welsh and Irish literatures of the twentieth century and on the language of the media. Helen is also an active member of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bristol and the leader of the Faculty of Arts research cluster, 'Borders and Borderlands' (

Current projects include an edition of medieval Welsh political poetry, an edition of the medieval Welsh version of the Troy legend, Ystorya Dared, and a monograph on literary representations of the city in medieval British literature. She is co-editor of the Cambridge History of Welsh Literature (Cambridge University Press) and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature (Wiley-Blackwell), both to appear in 2017.


Room 1.11, 3-5 Woodland Road, Consultation Hours

(0117) 33 18332,

Research Supervision

I would welcome applications from graduate students wanting to work in any of these areas: (1) medieval urban writing, including literature and history; (2) medieval historical, political and/or prophetic writing; (3) Arthurian literature of any period; (4) literature relating to the Celtic countries in the medieval and early modern periods; (5) the postmedieval or modern reception of medieval literature.

Teaching (UG only)

I currently teach on the Literature 1 survey course (a core unit for firstyear students) covering medieval literature from 1150 to 1550, including Chaucer, the Gawain poet, lyrics, mystery plays, romance, and Malory’s Morte Darthur. My ‘Special Subject’, which I teach to third year students in the form of 2 hour seminars, is ‘Chaucer, Contemporaries and Followers’, a detailed study of major authors of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries including, as well as Chaucer, Langland, Gower, Lydgate, and Henryson.

Other information

A graduate of the universities of Sydney and Oxford, Helen Fulton has held Visiting Research Fellowships at St John’s College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London. She has over 70 publications, including 8 authored and edited books, and has convened 3 major international conferences as well as organising numerous sessions at international conferences in the UK and US. She has delivered more than 10 keynote addresses and many invited presentations and conference papers in the UK, US, South Africa, and Australia.

Helen has extensive experience of leading research projects in the UK and Australia, acting as Principal Investigator on 13 funded projects (British Academy, AHRC, Australian Research Council). She recently collaborated as Co-Investigator on an AHRC-funded research project using digitization and GIS mapping ( and is currently leading a GW4 team in the development of a further project, 'Sir John Prise and his Book: Constructing Identity in S-W England and the March of Wales, 1400-1600'. Previous projects include 'Britain, Ireland and the Italian Renaissance: Reception and Legacy' ( and 'Mapping the Marcher Lordships of Wales' (

Helen has extensive administrative and leadership experience. She is currently Deputy Head and Director of Research in the School of Humanities. Previous management roles include Head of the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, Head of the School of Arts at Swansea University, Pro-Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney, and founding Directorships of three research centres.

Helen is the editor of a refereed journal (Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion) and the Series Co-Editor of New Century Chaucer, a book series published by the University of Wales Press. She is on a number of editorial boards, including the Bristol Series in Medieval Cultures, published by Boydell and Brewer and the Board of the University of Wales Press. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She was a long-standing member of the AHRC Peer Review College, including serving as an Institutional Reviewer for the AHRC.

Research projects (selected)


Fulton, H. (PI)

Grant bid in preparation.



Fulton, H. (CI)

1/9/2008 - 31/8/2009

AHRC research grant


Fulton, H. (PI)

1/9/2006 - 31/8/2008

British Academy Small Grant


Fulton, H. (PI)

1/1/2002 - 31/12/2004

Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant


Awards and activities (ongoing)


Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales


Series Advisory Board, ‘Working in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Trades, Professions’, Boydell and Brewer Publishers


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford (2013-14)

Medieval Academy Committee at Leeds


Series Co-editor, ‘New Century Chaucer’, University of Wales Press

Finance Committee, New Chaucer Society, USA


Programme Committee, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds


Editor, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion


Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council (to 2015)


Editorial Panel, University of Wales Press

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