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Andrew Lynch

Professor Andrew Lynch

English and Cultural Studies

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English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M201)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2185
+61 8 6488 1030

History of Emotions, ARC Centre of Excellence for the

Contact details
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
The University of Western Australia (M201)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2185
+61 8 6488 1030
BA MA Melb, MPhil Oxf.
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Melbourne University, 1972. Joint Exhibition winner; MA in English, Melbourne University, 1978. Percival Serle Prize; MPhil (Later Medieval English), Oxford University, 1980.
Key research
My research interests and supervision of postgraduates mainly cover the literature and culture of later medieval England (including English, French and Latin) and ‘medievalism’, the post-medieval reception and imaginative recreation of the middle ages. In recent years my ‘medieval’ research has strayed as early as Anglo-Saxon and as late as Shakespeare. I have concentrated a lot on themes of war and peace. I also have an interest in modern Irish literature and in Australian poetry.
Stephanie Downes, Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin, edss, Writing War in England and France 1400-1854: an Emotional History (London: Routledge, 2018), forthcoming.

Susan Broomhall, Jane Davidson and Andrew Lynch, eds, Bloomsbury Cutural History of Emotions, 6 vols (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), forthcoming.

Stephanie Downes, Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin, eds and intro., Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Michael Champion and Andrew Lynch, eds and intro., Understanding Emotions in Early Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, June 2015).

Louise D’Arcens and Andrew Lynch, eds and intro., International Medievalism and Popular Culture (New York: Cambria Press, 2014).

Andrew Lynch and Anne M. Scott, eds and intro., Renaissance Poetry and Drama in Context: Essays for Christopher Wortham (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Andrew Lynch, Malory's Book of Arms: The Narrative of Combat in Le Morte Darthur (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997).

Andrew Lynch and Philippa Maddern, eds. and intro., Venus and Mars: Engendering Love and War in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Nedlands, WA: University Of Western Australia Press, 1995).

Edited Issues of Journals
Louise D'Arcens, Andrew Lynch and Stephanie Trigg, eds, Australian Literary Studies, 26:3-4, 2011, Special Issue: 'Nationalism, Medievalism, Colonialism'.

Helen Dell, Louise D'Arcens and Andrew Lynch, eds, postmedieval, 2.2 (2011), Special Issue, 'The Medievalism of Nostalgia'.

Louise D’Arcens and Andrew Lynch, eds, Exemplaria 30.3 (2018). Special Issue, ‘Feeling for the Premodern’ (forthcoming).

Book chapters:

Forthcoming publications
‘Malory and Emotion’. Megan Leitch and Cory Rushton, eds. A New Companion to Malory (Cambridge; D. S. Brewer, 2018).

'Contested Chivalry: Youth at War in Walter Scott and Charlotte M. Yonge', in Elizabeth Archibald, Megan Leitch and Corinne Saunders, eds, Romance Re-written (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2018).

‘Emotional Community’, in Early Modern Emotions: an Introduction, ed. Susan Broomhall (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 3-6.

(with Peta Beasley). ‘Malory, Sir Thomas’. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, eds, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. 4 vols (Hoboken: Wiley, 2017), pp. 1254-1262.

‘Post-colonial Studies’. Handbook of Arthurian Romance. King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature. Leah Tether and Johnny McFadyen, eds (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017). pp. 297-310.

‘War, Church, Empire and the Medieval in British Histories for Children’. Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones, eds, The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-first century perspectives (British Academy: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 87-101.

‘he nas but seven yeer olde’: emotions in boy martyr legends of later medieval England’, in Katie Barclay, Ciara Rawnsley and Kim Reynolds. eds., Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

“With face pale”: Melancholy Violence in John Lydgate's Troy and Thebes’, in Joanna Bellis and Laura Slater, eds, Representing War and Violence, 1250-1600 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2016), pp.79-94.

‘Medievalism and the Ideology of War’, in Louise D’Arcens, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 135-50.

‘Action and emotion in the Arthurian world’, in Frank Brandsma, Carolyne Larrington and Corinne Saunders, eds, Arthurian Emotion: Voice, Mind, Body. (Cambridge: D.S.Brewer, 2015), pp. 72-98.

‘“Now evil deeds arise”: Evaluating Courage and Fear in Early English Fight Narratives’, in Susan Broomhall, ed., Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder: Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 17-33.

Foreword’, in Danijela Kambaskovic, ed., Conjunctions: Body and Mind from Plato to Descartes (New York: Springer, 2014), pp. v-viii

‘Good knights and holy men: reading the virtue of soldier-saints in medieval literary genres’, in Eva von Contzen and Anke Bernau, eds, Sanctity as Literature in Early Modern Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015)

Michael Champion and Andrew Lynch, ‘Introduction: “the things they left behind”’, in Champion and Lynch eds, Understanding Emotions in Early Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, June 2015)

‘Guinevere as “Social Person”: Emotion and Community in Chrétien de Troyes’, in Michael Champion and Andrew Lynch, eds, Understanding Emotions in Early Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, June 2015).

Stephanie Downes, Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin ‘Introduction: War as Emotion: Cultural Fields of Conflict and Feeling’, in Lynch, Downes and O’Loughlin, eds, Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, July 2015).

‘“blisse wes on londe”: the feeling of peace in Laȝamon’s Brut’, in Downes, Lynch and O’Loughlin, eds, Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, July 2015).

‘“Another comfort”: virginity and emotion in Measure for Measure’, in R. S. White, Katrina O'Loughlin and Mark Houlahan, eds, Shakespeare and Emotion (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015).

Andrew Lynch and Louise D'Arcens. 'The Medieval, the International, the Popular: Introduction', in Louise D’Arcens and Andrew Lynch, eds, International Medievalism and Popular Culture. New York: Cambria Press, 2014, pp. xi-xxx.

'Swords in Stones / Ladies in Lakes: revision and legendariness in Arthurian medievalism’, in Louise D’Arcens and Andrew Lynch, eds, International Medievalism and Popular Culture. New York: Cambria Press, 2014, pp. 227-244.

‘Poetry and confessing: Francis Webb, Vincent Buckley and the Case of Cardinal Mindszenty’, in Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni, eds, Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935-2010 (Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013), pp. 173-180.

‘Animated Conversations in Nottingham: Disney's Robin Hood (1973)’, in Gail Ashton and Dan Kline, eds, Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 29-42.

"Genre, Bodies and Power in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: King Horn, Havelok, and the South English Legendary' in The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108. The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative, ed. K. K. Bell and J. N. Couch (Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp. 177-96.

'Imperial Arthur: home and away', in Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (eds), The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp. 171-200.

'Malory's Morte Darthur and History', in Helen Fulton (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Arthurian Literature. Oxford: Blackwell. 2009, pp. 297-311

'Love in Wartime. Troilus and Criseyde as Trojan History', in Corinne Saunders (ed.), A Concise Companion to Chaucer. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, pp. 113-133.

'Archaism, Nostalgia and Tennysonian War in The Lord of the Rings, in Jane Chance and Alfred Siewers, eds, Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, pp. 77-92. Reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed., J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations: New York, 2008), pp. 101-115.

'"I see a strangeness": Francis Webb's Norfolk and English Catholic Medievalism', in Stephanie Trigg (ed.), Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture. Turnhout: Brepols; Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005, pp. 41-59.

'"Peace is good after war": The Narrative Seasons of English Arthurian Tradition', in Corinne Saunders, Francoise Le Saux and Neil Thomas, eds, Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses to Warfare. Woodbridge. Boydell and Brewer, 2004, pp. 127-46.

'Le Morte Darthur for Children: Malory's Third Tradition', in Barbara Tepa Lupack, ed., Adapting the Arthurian Legends for Children. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 1-49.

'"Thou woll never have done": Ideology, Context and Excess in Malory's War', in D. Thomas Hanks Jr. and Jessica G. Brogdon, eds, The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory's Morte Darthur (Arthurian Studies 42), Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2000, pp. 24-41.

'"The hoote blood ran freyshly uppon the erthe": A combat theme in Malory, and its extensions', in Andrew Lynch and Philippa Maddern, eds., Venus and Mars: Engendering Love and War in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Nedlands, W.A.: University of Western Australia Press, 1995), pp. 88-105.

'Gesture and Gender in Malory's Le Morte Darthur', in Friedrich Wolfzettel, ed., Arthurian Romance and Gender (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 1995) pp. 285-295.

"'Be war, ye wemen': problems of genre and the gendered audience in Chaucer and Henryson", in R.S.White and Hilary Fraser, eds, Constructions of Gender: Feminism and Literary Studies, Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 1994, pp. 19-38.

Refereed journal articles:

‘Dialogic history: Walter Scott’s medieval voices’, in postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 7.2 (June) 2016: 285-88.

'”simply to amuse the reader”: the humor of Walter Scott's Reformation’, in Louise D'Arcens, ed., special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, ‘Comic Medievalism’ 5.2 (2014), pp. 169-183.

'Nostalgia and Critique: Walter Scott's "secret power"'. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 2.2, 2011, pp. 201-15.

‘I have so many truths to tell’: Randolph Stow’s Visitants and The Girl Green as Elderflower'. Australian Literary Studies, 26.1, 2011, pp. 20-32.

'King Arthur in Marvellous Melbourne: W. M. Akhurst's "burlesque extravaganzas"'. Australian Literary Studies, 26:3-4, 2011, pp. 45-57.

"…‘if indeed I go’": Arthur’s uncertain end in Malory and Tennyson’. Arthurian Literature, 27, 2010, pp. 19-31.

'Thingless names'? The St George legend in Australia'. LaTrobe Journal, 81 (Autumn 2008), pp. 40-52.

'C.J. Brennan's A Chant of Doom: Australia's Medieval War', Australian Literary Studies, 23.1 (2007), pp. 49-62.

'Beyond Shame: Chivalric Cowardice and Arthurian Narrative', Arthurian Literature, 23 (2006), pp. 1-17.

'A Tale of "Simple" Malory and the Critics', Arthuriana, 16.2 (2006): 10-15.

'"Manly cowardyse": Thomas Hoccleve's Peace Strategy', Medium Aevum, 53.2, 2004, pp. 306-23.

'Francis Webb's white swan of trespass: A Drum for Ben Boyd and Australian modernism in the 1940s', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 36.1, June 2001, pp. 27-43.

'"The Terrible Knowledge That She Was Going To Go": History, Memory and Identity in Colm Toibin's The Heather Blazing.' Australian Journal of Irish Studies, 1, 2001, pp. 1-8.

'Malory Moralisé: The Disarming of Le Morte Darthur, 1800-1918', Arthuriana, 9.4, 1999, pp. 81-93. (Winner of the James Randall Leeder Award for Outstanding Article in Arthuriana, 1999)

'Re-making the Middle Ages in Australia: Francis Webb's "The Canticle" (1953)', Australian Literary Studies, 19.1, 1999, pp. 44-56.

'"While I wrestled with the sum, the sun": Francis Webb's "Socrates"', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 33(2), 1998, pp. 39-53.

'"Now, fye on youre wepynge": tears in medieval English romance', Parergon, New Series 9,1, June, 1991.

"Good name and narrative in Malory", Nottingham Medieval Studies, 1990, pp. 141-51.

Other published output (recent)
‘Introduction: Positive emotions in Arthurian romance’, Journal of the International Arthurian Society, 4 (2016).

‘Magna Carta: The View from Popular Culture’, Papers on Parliament (Canberra: Department of the Senate), 65, February 2016: 95-105.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Professor, English and Cultural Studies, UWA.

Director and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800

Future research
See Current Projects
Funding received
Recent grants
Education Futures Scholarship Program Grant and Secondment Funding, UWA, with Michael Ovens. And WAND grant for proect:
‘Experiential Learning on the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Platform’. 2017. $14,395.

2008-2011. ARC Discovery Project grant. 'Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory'. $338,463. Prof. S. J. Trigg (Melbourne); A/Prof A. L. Lynch (UWA); Dr L. D'Arcens (Wollongong); Prof. J. M. Ganim (UCLA, Riverside). PROJECT ID: DP0879058.

2010. Australian Academy of the Social Sciences for the Workshop 'Understanding Emotions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop'. $7,500.

2010. Benjamin Meaker Fellowship, April-May 2010, University of Bristol.

2011-13 ARC CHE Associate Investigator. $3000 p.a., for research assistance and travel for project ‘The medieval emotions of war’.

2013. National Science Council of Taiwan Visiting Scholar Grant, NTD38,000 and airfare.

2014- (continuing) Chief Investigator, ARC CHE.
Industrial relevance
President, International Arthurian Society

Editorial and Advisory
Co-Editor, Emotions: History, Culture Society.

General Editor: Brepols ‘Early European Research’ book series; General Editor. Bloomsbury Cultural History of Emotions. 6 vols. Forthcoming 2018.

Past Editor, Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002-09);

Editorial boards: Arthuriana (USA); Arthurian Literature (UK); Journal of the International Arthurian Society; Limina (Advisory Board); Parergon (Editorial Board and International Advisory Committee

Refereeing of Articles and Book Proposals (recent)
Palgrave Macmillan; Brepols; Cambridge University Press; Arthuriana; Arthurian Literature; Victorian Review; postmedieval; Chaucer Review; Parergon; Medium Aevum; Limina; Boydell and Brewer; Journal of the International Arthurian Society.

Curriculum Advisory Committee, Literature, WA Certificate of Education.
English; French; Latin; Anglo-Saxon; Middle English; basic German.
Society for the History of Emotion; ANZAMEMS; New Chaucer Society; International Arthurian Society (ANZ Branch); Early English Text Society; Australian-Irish Heritage Association; Perth Medieval and Renaissnce Group; ANZAMEMS; Society for the History of Emotions; Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
Honours and awards
James Randall Leader prize for outstanding article in Arthuriana, 1999.
UWA Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Supervision, 2004.
Previous positions
Tutor, University of Melbourne, 1973-77
Senior Tutor, La Trobe University, 1978.
Undergraduate units from Level 1 to Honours in medieval, early modern and modern literature, culture and thought
MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies – modules and co-ordination.
Live video-conference teaching of Arthurian Literature, UWA/University of Bristol, 2011.
Current external positions
President, International Arthurian Society.
Useful links
‘Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory’,

‘Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory’,
New and noteworthy
Selected conference papers and invited talks (2016)

‘On edge: emotion and marginality in Malory’, 22nd ACMRS Conference: ‘Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance’, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2-6 February, 2016. CHE

‘Poetics, ethics and emotion in medieval battle descriptions’. ‘Emotion, Ethics and War’ symposium, UWA, 15 April, 2016.

‘‘Comings and Goings in the Life-Cycle of a Centre’. Invited presentation, ARC Centre Directors Forum. Sydney, 23 June, 2016.

‘On the outer: emotion and exile in medieval hagiography and romance’. ‘Emotions, Movement, Cultural Contact and Exchange, Europe 1100-1800’ Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, 30 June-1 July, 2016.

‘Charles Dickens’s medieval London’, New Chaucer Society Conference, Round Table ‘Literary Afterlives of Medieval London’, London, 10-15 July, 2016.

Panel: ‘Gender Matters’, UWA CMEMS / CHE PATS. ‘Gender Matters’. University of Western Australia, 7 October 2016.

‘Medievalist Masculinity and the Historical Evolution of Hereward the Wake. UWA/CMEMS Conference. ‘Gender Worlds, 500–1800: New Perspectives’. University of Western Australia, 8 October 2016

'Protecting the Past/Projecting the Present: Charlotte M. Yonge, Walter Scott and Chivalry'. CHE Meanings Collaboratory. 'Feeling (for) the Premodern’. St Catherine’s College, UWA, 2-3 September, 2016.

‘Medievalist Masculinity and the Historical Evolution of England in Hereward
the Wake’. ‘1st International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions’. UOW Sydney CBD Campus. December 5-7, 2016.
Current projects
Routledge History Handbook to Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700, eds Susan Broomhall and Andrew Lynch.

On the Outer: Emotion and Exile in Medieval Hagiography versions of the life of St Mary of Egypt.

‘Making Joy / Seeing Sorrow: Affective Resources and Poetic Form in the Stanzaic Morte Arthure.

Chaucer as Catholic ‘Child’ in Nineteenth-Century England
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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