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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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I convene the first year course Literature 1150-1550 and the second year course Chaucer and Chaucerians. I also currently teach my special subject The Fairy Tale in English and lecture on Introduction to Old English, Arthurian Literature and Approaches to Poetry.  I have supervised dissertations on, among other things, medieval and early modern romance, 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 and hagiography.  I would be particularly keen to supervise projects 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 the director of the MA in Medieval Studies in 2018/19.  Please feel free to email me with any questions 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, with an article in New Medieval Literatures 18 on the fifteenth-century Life of Job.  I am currently completing a book on thirteenth and fourteenth-century poems, including Susanna, Cleanness 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, including applying network theory to Troilus and Criseyde.

I am also beginning to think about the cognitive aspects of how readers make sense of narratives in relation to medieval romance, and would be very happy to make contact with other researchers both 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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