About Renee Ward
My research has two main branches: medieval and post-medieval. Much of my research on the medieval period concerns the literature and culture of the high to late Middle Ages, 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 figures.
My interests in post-medieval literature focus on representations of the Middle Ages in children’s and young adult literature. 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 two proto-feminist retellings of the medieval Griselda story and a heavily Christianized adaptation of the Old English poem Beowulf.
I am also heavily interested in post-medieval Arthuriana, and recently, with Miriam Edlich-Muth (Univeristy of Düsseldorf) and Victoria Coldham-Fussell (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ), have embarked upon a new project for the Routledge Worlds Series, The Arthurian World. In August 2018, I also became Co-Editor of The Year’s Work in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal associated with the International Society for the Study of Medievalism.
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Please Note: I am on Research Leave for Semester A of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Currently, I coordinate the Medieval Studies Research Centre’s Research Seminars Series. My previous department responsibilities in the School of English and Journalism include Employability Tutor, MA Admissions Tutor (English Studies, 21st Century Literature), and College of Arts Academic Affairs Committee Member.
Undergraduate Teaching for 2018-2019 (Semester B):
British Medieval Literature (Coordinator)
Sex, Texts, and Politics: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (Coordinator)
Introduction to Narrative (Tutor)
Graduate Teaching for 2018-2019 (Mostly Semester B):
Robin Hood and the Outlaw Tradition (Coordinator; MA English Studies & MA Medieval Studies)
Medieval Lincoln (Tutor; MA Medieval Studies)
Nineteenth-Century Past Reflections (Tutor; MA Nineteenth Century Studies)
My other regular teaching includes the module Arthur and His Court (UG, Module Coordinator), and contributions to the modules Drama Theatre Performance (UG), Introduction to Poetry (UG), and Women Writing the 21st Century (MA).
Medieval Literature and Culture; Monster Studies; Medievalism; Women’s Writing; Children’s Literature; Young Adult Fantasy
— University of Alberta, 2009
— Wilfrid Laurier University, 2002
MA Medieval Studies
— University of Leeds, 2000
BA English & Canadian Studies
— Wilfrid Laurier University, 1995
I am an Editorial Board Member for Brill's Explorations in Medieval Culture Series, and frequently review monograph proposals and manuscripts connected to my research for Palgrave and Routledge. I am also an external reviewer for several academic journals, such as Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural and Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality.