Dr William Marx BA and MA (Toronto), D.Phil. (York), FRHistS

Lecturer in English

Lampeter

E-mail: w.marx@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

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William is Reader in Medieval Literature, and his teaching is in the areas of Anglo-Saxon literature, Middle English literature, medieval iconography and visual arts, and manuscript studies. His teaching focuses on Anglo-Saxon heroic literature, medieval dream poetry, medieval narrative, and medieval comedy. He also teaches on the interdisciplinary course ‘Medieval Studies’ and with a colleague in the school has developed a module on the study of medieval manuscripts.

William’s research interests and publications are mainly in the field of Medieval Studies, principally manuscript studies; the editing of Middle English and Latin Texts; the transmission of theological and devotional ideas and themes through vernacular literature and iconography; perceptions of the Devil in the Middle Ages; and the literature of history. His publications include editions of medieval English, Anglo-Norman, and Latin texts, such as The Devils’ Parliament, the Conflictus inter Deum et Diabolum, and the Quis dabit.  He is the author of The Devil’s Rights and the Redemption in the Literature of Medieval England, and has published a major study of the medieval English Gospel ofNicodemus.  He has also published a catalogue and study of the manuscripts containing Middle English prose held by the National Library of Wales in theIndex of Middle English Prose series.

He has edited and contributed to a number of collections of essays, on Lampeter’s antiquarian library, The Founders’ Library: Bibliographical and Contextual Studies, and medieval book production, Sources, Exemplars, and Copy-Texts.  With Janet Burton of the History Department he has edited a collection of essays entitled Readers, Printers, Churchmen, and Travellers in honour of the theologian and bibliographer David Selwyn. His current research projects focus on Middle English chronicle writing, and Middle English devotional literature.

He is one of the general editors of the international series Middle English Texts published by Universitätsverlag C. Winter (Heidelberg).  He is also one of the general editors for Lampeter’s arts and humanities journal Trivium.

Recent Publications

Critical Edition

An English Chronicle 1377–1461: A New Edition, Medieval Chronicles, 3 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003)

Collection of Essays

Readers and Writers of the Prose ‘Brut’, edited with Raluca Radulescu, Trivium, 36 (2006)

Articles in Journals  and Chapters in Books

Middle English Texts and Welsh Contexts’ in Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales, edited by Ruth Kennedy and Simon Meecham-Jones (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 13—26

‘Reception and Revision in the Middle English Prose Brut’, in Readers and Writers of the Prose ‘Brut’, ed. by William Marx and Raluca Radulescu, Trivium, 36 (2006), pp. 53–69

‘Iconography and Meaning in the Sherbrooke Missal’, in Decoration and Illustration in Medieval English Manuscripts, ed. by A. S. G. Edwards, English Manuscript Studies, 1100–1700, volume 10 (London: British Library, 2002), pp. 154–76

‘Significance and sensibility: sources and contexts for Middle English prose narratives of the passion and resurrection of Christ’, in ‘Of dyuversities & change of langage’: Essays Presented to Manfred Görlach, ed. by Katja Lenz and Ruth Möhlig (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2002), pp. 364–78

‘John Warrin’s Book: National Library of Wales MS 5006’, Journal of the Early Book Society, 6 (2003), pp. 93–107

‘Middle English Texts in Welsh Contexts’, in Wales the Nation and MedievalEnglish Literary Culture, ed. by Ruth Kennedy and S. T. Meecham-Jones (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Research Grants and Awards

In 2005 William was elected as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his work on medieval historical writing. On two occasions William has received awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to fund research projects on (1) vernacular historical writing (2001), and (2) Middle English devotional literature (2006).