Dr Ben Parsons
BA (University Leeds), MA, PhD (Sheffield)
Lecturer in English
T: 0116 252 5073
Dr Parsons specialises in late medieval and early modern literature. He has published on various aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture, including drama, folklore, education, exegesis, notions of adolescence, and the intersections between English and continental literature. He is particularly interested in the functions of violence in the later Middle Ages, especially in the contexts of education and literary representation. These concerns formed the basis of his PhD thesis, and have been further explored in his recent AHRC-funded research project, 'Violence in the Late Medieval Classroom', about which more can be heard here. He is co-author of the critical anthology "Comic Drama in the Low Countries", and is consulting editor for the academic journal Peer English.
Teaching and Administration
- EN1010: Reading English
- EN2010: Chaucer and the English Tradition
- EN2020: Renaissance Literature
- EN2040: Medieval Literatures
- EN2060: Concepts in Criticism
I am currently Admissions Tutor and Senior Tutor for Student Support for the School of English, and sit on the Learning and Teaching Committee.
Comic Drama in the Low Countries, 1400-1560, with Bas Jongenelen (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).