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Mapping the European Breton Lai



About me

Elizabeth D 3I’m Elizabeth Dearnley, and I work as a Research Associate within the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) at University College London, based in the Department of French.

I hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship within SELCS, and am conducting a three-year project tracing the dissemination of Breton lais across medieval Europe.

My research areas include comparative literature (French, Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch), translation, medieval literary theory, manuscript culture and codicology, and fairy tales. My PhD research focused on the prologues written by translators of French works into English in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and I have recently completed a book based on this, Middle English Translators’ Prologues, which is due to be published next year with Boydell & Brewer.

I also teach within the Departments of English and French on various medieval topics, and offer an undergraduate module within SELCS on the history of fairy tales.

My departmental webpage can be found here.