Conor Leahy

Conor Leahy


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Conor Leahy is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, with research interests in the poetry of later medieval England and Scotland. He is currently working on a three-year project entitled ‘Henryson’s Legal Fictions’, which examines the poetry of Robert Henryson in relation to the legal cultures of pre-modern Scotland. He is also completing a monograph titled Praise and Blame in Middle English and Older Scots Verse.

Some of his recent or forthcoming research includes the discovery of a new manuscript of a Thomas Wyatt lyric, a new manuscript fragment of Sir David Lyndsay’s Testament of the Papyngo, and a 1561 edition of Chaucer’s works that was owned and annotated by the Elizabethan antiquary Stephan Batman. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the poet and translator Gavin Douglas.

As well as his research into later medieval literature, Conor has also published articles on W.H. Auden's creative debts to the medieval past, and is currently editing an annotated critical edition of Auden's first collection, Poems (1930), for Princeton University Press.

Before coming to UEA in 2018, Conor completed a PhD on medieval poetics at the University of Cambridge, and took earlier degrees at the University of Oxford (MSt) and Trinity College Dublin (BA).

Teaching Interests

I teach on the undergraduate modules ‘Reading Literature in History’ and ‘Slow Reading’. I have also contributed seminar teaching for the MA programme ‘Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures 1381-1688’, and have lectured on the undergraduate module ‘Medieval Writing’.