Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

Personal details | Publications | Research | Teaching | Supervision | Impact, Outreach, and Media

Associate Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Language and Literature

MA, PhD (DUBLIN), FSA

Photograph of Dr Anne Marie D'Arcy

Department: English

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2637

Email: amd13@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1404, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details

Biography

I specialise in later Medieval and early Renaissance texts and their contexts. My research interests lie in the areas of Medieval and Renaissance Wisdom literature; medieval and Renaissance iconology and political theology; the patristic sources of Old and Middle English literature; and nineteenth and twentieth-century medievalism, especially James Joyce.

From 2007-17 I served as Co-director of the University's Medieval Research Centre.

Qualifications

  • BA (Mod), University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • MA, University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • PhD, University of Dublin, Trinity College

 

Publications

Books

    Wisdom and the Grail
  • Joyce and the Irish Middle Ages: Saints, Sages and Insular Culture (Routledge, forthcoming 2019)
  • With John McCafferty and Jason McElligot, James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile (Marsh’s Library, 2014)
  • Wisdom and the Grail: The Image of the Vessel in the Queste del Saint Graal and Thomas Malory’s Tale of the Sankgreal (Four Courts Press, 2000)

Edited books

  • With Alan J. Fletcher, Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood: ‘The Key of All Good Remembrance’ (Four Courts Press, 2005)
  • With Helen Conrad O’Briain and John Scattergood, Text and Gloss: Studies in Insular Learning and Literature: Essays Presented to Joseph Donovan Pheifer (Four Courts Press, 1999)

Journal articles

  • 'Columban Texts and Joyce’s ‘book of kills’ (FW 482.33): A Palaeographer’s View in Finnegans Wake', European Joyce Studies 28 (2019) (at press).

Book chapters

  • ‘Those Jews they said killed the Christian boy’ (U 6.771-2): The Shadow of Kishinev in Ulysses', in Reimagining the Jews of Ireland: Historiography, Identity and Representation, ed. Zulieka Rogers and Natalie Wynn (Peter Lang, 2020) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Augustinus Hibernicus, Pseudepigraphic Technique and Early Irish Exegesis in ‘The Dalkey Archive’, in Acting Out: The Dynamics of Performance and Pseudonymity in the Work of Flann O’Brien, ed. Paul Fagan and Dieter Fuchs (Cork University Press, 2019)
  • ‘Mariology, Rhetorical Decorum, and the Material Culture of Aureate Diction’, Middle English Lyrics: New Readings of Short Poems, ed. Julia Boffey and Christiania Whitehead (Boydell and Brewer, 2018): 109-21.
  • ‘“Eating orangepeels in the park”: Largesse, Libel and Public Action in Ulysses’, in Joyce and the Law, ed. Jonathan Goldman (University of Florida Press, 2017): 157-78
  • ‘Joyce’s Saints and Sages: History, Hagiology, and the Irish Franciscan Tradition,’ in Anne Marie D’Arcy, John McCafferty, Marina Ansaldo and Jason McElligot, James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile (Marsh’s Library, 2014): 11-17
  • Joachim of Fiore and “Joachitism” from Stephen Hero to Finnegans Wake’, in Anne Marie D’Arcy, John McCafferty, Marina Ansaldo and Jason McElligot, James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile (Marsh’s Library, 2014): 18-26
  • ‘Joyce and the Trecento’, in Anne Marie D’Arcy, John McCafferty, Marina Ansaldo and Jason McElligot, James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile (Marsh’s Library, 2014): 27-30
  • ‘“Into the kirk wald not hir self present”: Leprosy, Blasphemy and Heresy in Henryson’s The Testament of Cresseid’, in Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood: ‘The Key of All Good Remembrance’, ed. Anne Marie D’Arcy and Alan J. Fletcher (Four Courts Press, 2005): 100-20
  • ‘The Middle English Lyric’, in Interpreting Medieval Literature: Readings of Old and Middle English Texts, ed. David F. Johnson and Elaine Treharne (Oxford University Press, 2004): 306-22
  • ‘“Cursed folk of Herodes al new”: Supersessionist Typology and Chaucer’s Prioress’, in Writing Gender and Genre in Medieval Literature: Approaches to Old and Middle English Texts, ed. Elaine Treharne (Boydell and Brewer, 2002): 117-36
  • Holy Vessell and Blyssed Bloode: Malory’s Personal Symbolism of the Grail’, in Middle English from Tongue to Text, ed. Peter J. Lucas and Angela M. Lucas (Peter Lang, 2002): 93-318

Selected reviews

  • Review of Leah Tether, Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France (Brewer, 2017) in Modern Language Review 114 (2019) (forthcoming)
  • Review of Thorlac Turville-Petre, ed. Poems from BL MS Harley 913: ‘The Kildare Manuscript’, EETS os 345 (Oxford University Press, 2015) in Review of English Studies 67 (2016)
  • Review of Craig M. Rustici, The Afterlife of Pope Joan: Deploying the Popess Legend in Early Modern England (University of Michigan Press, 2006) in Bulletin for the Society for Renaissance Studies 28 (2011): 49-52
  • Review of Thomas G. Duncan, ed. A Companion to the Middle English Lyric (D. S. Brewer, 2005) in Review of English Studies 58 (2007): 394-7
  • With Jill Frederick and Mary Swan, ‘Old English Literature’, in The Year’s Work in English Studies 81 (2002 for 2000):132-70
  • ‘No notion is too audacious’. Review of Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum, trans. William Weaver (Secker and Warburg, 1989) in The Irish Independent (Saturday, 10 February 1990): 18

Internet publications

‘England in the Time of King Richard III’ (MOOC): https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/england-of-richard-third

  • ‘High Status Books’
  • ‘High Status Books II: Richard III's library’
  • ‘The Use of Words in Other Media’
  • ‘The Use of Words in Other Media II: Religious Text’
  • ‘Caxton and the First English Printed Books’
  • ‘The Spread of Early Books and Survival of Manuscripts’
  • ‘Caxton, Woodville and Revenge’
  • ‘A Tale of Two Eggs’
  • ‘The Rise of Published English’

'Saint-Denis and Notre-Dame: Royal Abbey and Civic Cathedral', Irish Humanities Alliance (Royal Irish Academy) (Blog):

https://www.irishhumanities.com/blog/royal-abbey-and-civic-cathedral-saint-denis-and-notre-dame/

Research

My monograph, Wisdom and the Grail: The Image of the Vessel in the Queste del Saint Graal and Malory’s Tale of the Sankgreal (Four Courts Press 2000), provides an iconological reading of the early thirteenth-century Queste del Saint Graal, a branch of the Vulgate or Lancelot-Graal Old French prose cycle, and Malory’s redaction of it. It also, inter alia, provides a comparative iconographic analysis and commentary on the late fourteenth or early fifteenth-century Irish translation of the Queste,Lorgaireacht an tSoidhigh Naomhtha.  Cf. John Crace, 'Anne Marie D'Arcy: The Da Vinci Code-Breaker', Education Guardian Higher Profile: The Guardian, 23 May 2006.

I have also co-edited a collection of essays on Hiberno-Latin, Old English and Anglo-Saxon culture, Text and Gloss: Studies in Insular Language and Literature (Four Courts Press, 1999), and Studies in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood: ‘The Key of All Good Remembrance’ (Four Courts Press, 2005).

I am currently completing a substantial monograph, Joyce and the Irish Middle Ages: Saints, Sages and the Insular Imagination (Routledge, 2019) which not only engages with the Insular and early medieval sources of Finnegans Wake, but also contains chapters on Ulysses and Joyce’s occasional writings on medieval topics.

I am also working on another monograph, The Artifice of Eternity: Mariology in the English Poetic Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2020) which examines the influence of Marian theology, spirituality, liturgy, and iconography as it develops in the English poetic tradition from the turn of the twelfth century to the first half of the seventeenth.

Grants and funding

  • REF-Research Impact Development Fund, University of Leicester, ‘Capturing, Developing and Extending the Impact of James Joyce, Apocalypse and Exile’: £5,845, University of Leicester, 17 July 2017
  • Trinity College Dublin Association and Trust, Grant in Aid of Publication for The Key of All Good Remembrance (Dublin, 2005): €2,500, University of Dublin, 2 May 2000
  • National University of Ireland, Grant in Aid of Publication for Wisdom and the Grail (Dublin, 2000): IR£2,000, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 29 June 2000

Teaching

I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

I also teach on the following postgraduate courses:

  • MA in English Studies / MA in Humanities: Dissertation Supervisor and Course Convenor of EN7224: 'Cities of Words', teaching classical and biblical sources, Sir Orfeo, Pearl, Langland's Piers Plowman and James Joyce's Ulysses.
  • MA in History / MA in Humanities: I contribute to the core medieval module: Mastering Medieval Sources (convenor: Dr Joanna Story) teaching patristics, exegesis and canonicity
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Humanities, teaching Scriptural  Exegesis and Disease

I have received the following awards for my teaching:

  • University of Leicester Students’ Union ‘I Love my Academic’ Award (2010-11; 2011-12; 2012-13)
  • University of Leicester Students’ Union ‘Academic Superstar’ Award (2015-16; 2016-17)

Supervision

I have supervised the following PhD projects to completion:

  • Shazia Jagot, 'Fin' Amors, Arabic Learning, and the Islamic World in the Work of Geoffrey Chaucer' (2014, Visiting Research Scholar, Council for British Research in the Levant 2011-12), Lecturer in Medieval Literature, University of York. 
  • Zoe Enstone,'The Origin and Development of Morgan in Arthurian Literature' (2012, AHRC funded), Senior Lecturer in Humanities, University of York St John.
  • Natalie Jones, 'The Development of Christological Imagery in the Middle English Lyric' (2011, AHRC funded), Lecturer in Medieval Literature, University College London.

I would welcome the opportunity to supervise topics in the following areas:

  • Medieval and Renaissance wisdom literature, especially Hermetic texts
  • Medieval and Renaissance iconology, especially Christology and Mariology
  • Medieval and Renaissance literature and political theology/Canon Law
  • Medieval and Renaissance romance
  • Langland, Chaucer, and the Gawain-Poet
  • the influence of Monasticism and the religious orders on literature, 1200-1500
  • Medieval Mysticism and the influence of Neo-Platonism in particular
  • nineteenth and twentieth-century Medievalism, especially James Joyce and Flann O'Brien

James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile catalogue

Impact, Outreach, and Media

I was Principal Investigator for the exhibition, James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile, at Marsh's Library, 23 October 2014 - 20 October 2015. This exhibition was the first to examine Joyce's visit to Marsh's, which is described in Stephen Hero, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake. The catalogue of this exhibition includes significant new findings about the sources he consulted there and how they influenced the development of his oeuvre. 22,540 people visited the exhibition in person.

I also developed content for the University of Leicester's first massive open online course, 'England in the Time of King Richard III'. This course attracted 10,078 learners on its first run (25 November 2013), with subsequent runs from 30 June 2014 (16,232 learners); 16 February 2015 (8,376 learners); 13 July 2015 (6.278 learners), 7 March 2015 (5,148 learners), and it is running again presently with 4,612 learners.

In addition, I served as a consultant on Wildfire Television's 'The Real Da Vinci Code' (commissioned by Channel 4 and first televised in February 2005).

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