Originally from the heart of the Midlands, I first came to UEA to study for my BA in English Literature. Following this, I pursued an MA in the Culture of the European Renaissance (including Venice programme) at the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, before returning to UEA (and the fine city of Norwich) for my PhD. My doctoral research examined the reception of Virgil in the writings of Maffeo Vegio (1407 – 1458). For more details about this, please see ‘Key Research Interests and Expertise’, below.
I present my research at national and international conferences, and keenly participate in public engagement work, such as the 'Unlocking the Archive' project, which brings this academic expertise to a wider audience. I teach on the undergraduate modules 'Literature in History', 'Slow Reading [i.e. Homer's Odyssey and its Legacy]', 'Shakespeare' and 'The Italian Renaissance', as well as the CHASE 'Latin for Medievalists and Early Modernists' course, which I co-organise with colleagues from UEA and Kent. In addition to this, I conduct private Latin tuition, and have taught occasional sessions for BA History of Art, and MA Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures 1381 - 1688.
When I’m not working with pre-modern texts and images, I enjoy travelling, and experimenting in the kitchen. I also love performing and listening to music.
Key Research Interests
My AHRC-funded research project, supervised by Dr Will Rossiter and -- formerly -- Professor Matthew Woodcock, Mr Tom Rutledge and Dr John-Mark Philo, explored the rich variety of ways in which Virgil was read and used in the writings of the important Italian humanist Maffeo Vegio (1407 – 1458). It also situated these writings within the context of contemporary fifteenth-century responses to Virgil (critical, poetic, educational, visual and material), and traced the influence of Vegio’s works as they were responded to, in turn, in printed editions, woodcuts, and vernacular translations in the later-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially in England and Scotland but also on the Continent. Overall, the project sought to use Vegio and his works as a case study demonstrating the extraordinary diversity of engagements which existed, across Europe and from the early fifteenth century to the late sixteenth, with the most influential poet of classical antiquity.
My wider research interests deal with eclectic aspects of the cultural history and experiences of Europe from the classical period to the early modern era, with a particular focus on the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. These aspects usually relate to the reception of the past, classical or otherwise, together with its ideas and cultural forms, and the development of and engagements between different worldviews and belief systems. The Mediterranean world also usually features in some way. Additionally, I have abiding interests in the early medieval period, and in classicism and medievalism generally, especially in the mid- to late-nineteenth century.
‘Nugae on the Block: Maffeo Vegio (1407-1458), Virgil and the Early-Quattrocento Polemic over Light Verse’, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 52, issue 2 (May 2022), pp. 313-334 https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-9687900 May 2022
The Eneados: Gavin Douglas's Translation of Virgil's Aeneid, Volume I: Introduction and Commentary. Edited by Priscilla Bawcutt with Ian C. Cunningham. The Scottish Text Society. 2020 (review in History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Vol. 106, issue 369 (January 2021), pp. 125-127) https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.13082 January 2021
Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland, edited by Matthew Hammond. The Boydell Press. 2019 (review in History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Vol. 105, issue 368 (December 2020), pp. 854-856) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-229X.13036 December 2020
Reading and Writing in Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Mary C. Erler. Edited by Martin Chase and Maryanne Kowaleski. The Boydell Press. 2019 (review in online edition of History: The Journal of the Historical Association https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1468-229X.13011) June 2020
Colonel Edmund Mathew [Mathews] to [James Butler, Marquess (later first Duke) of Ormond] 11 November 1643, transcription with Stephanie Kelley (ed. Mike Webb) of Bodleian Libraries, MS Carte 7, fols 416r–417v, in Early Modern Letters Online, Cultures of Knowledge MSCarte7_416-17_Kelley_Mottram_FINAL.pdf (ox.ac.uk) June 2017
And for more on what we do in the LDC Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, see here: https://www.uea.ac.uk/literature/research/medieval-and-early-modern, and here: https://www.uea.ac.uk/literature/research/medieval-and-early-modern/current-research-students.