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About Renee Ward

I joined Lincoln in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature. Previously, I taught for the Medieval Studies Program and the Department of English at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). I also taught at the University of Alberta and at the Edmonton Campus of the University of Lethbridge. My research concerns the literature and culture of the high to late medieval period, with particular emphases on monsters; the romance genre and its cultural contexts; and relationships between English and Continental narratives. My published works to date on medieval romance explore embodiments of liminality and their connections to violence, and investigate how medieval authors use these representations to challenge or reinstate social hegemonies. These interests likewise inform my current book project, The Werewolf in Medieval Romance (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan) and my research on medieval outlaw ballads. I also undertake research on medievalism, or post-medieval interpretations of the Middle Ages. I have published widely on the medievalism of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and a large portion of my current research recovers the works of Victorian children’s writer Eleanora Louisa Hervey, including her collection of Arthurian tales, two proto-feminist retellings of the medieval Griselda story, and a heavily Christianized adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf.

Department Responsibilities

MA Admissions (English Studies, 21st Century Literature) College of Arts Academic Affairs Committee Member, Medieval Studies Research Centre UG Team-Taught Modules for 2017-2018: Drama Theatre Performance, Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Narrative PG Team-Taught Modules for 2017-2018: Women Writing the 21st Century, Nineteenth-Century Past Reflections (MA Nineteenth Century Studies) UG Module Coordinator 2017-2018: Arthur and His Court, British Medieval Literature PG Module Coordinator 2017-2018: Robin Hood and the Outlaw Tradition

Subject Specialism

Medieval Literature and Culture; Monster Studies; Medievalism; Women’s Writing; Children’s Literature; Young Adult Fantasy


  • PhD English — University of Alberta, 2009
  • MA English — Wilfrid Laurier University, 2002
  • MA Medieval Studies — University of Leeds, 2000
  • BA English & Canadian Studies — Wilfrid Laurier University, 1995


Co-Editor, The Year’s Work in Medievalism Editorial Board Member, Explorations in Medieval Culture Series (Brill) External Reviewer, Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural

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Research Interests

  • childrens and young adult literature

  • medieval literature

  • medieval studies

  • medievalism

  • monster studies

  • Pedagogy

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository