Charlotte Reinbold, Robinson
Course: MedRen - Med
Supervisor: Prof H Cooper
Real and Imagined Space in Ricardian Dream Poetry
I read English at Robinson College. I completed my MA at UCL. I am currently studying for a PhD as the inaugural Weiss Scholar at Robinson College, in which I am investigating landscape and convention in medieval dream poetry. I am also the graduate faculty rep.
The main body of my research is in medieval dream poetry. Medieval dream poems are often structured around a series of conventions, from the time of year the dream takes place, to where it is set, and who the dreamer encounters. My doctoral research traces the origins of the Chaucerian convention of dream poetry from the Roman de la Rose to the early Renaissance, in order to examine not just how conventions are evoked but how they are altered, and why this is significant. This research incorporates French, Latin and Scots poetry, alongside poetry in Middle English.
I am also interested in examining ideas of the medieval in children's fantasy literature, with particular reference to the work of Diana Wynne Jones. My current research discusses Jones's novella 'The True State of Affairs' as a response to the Middle English dream poem ascribed to James I, 'The Kingis Quair'. I have been awarded a David Almond fellowship to facilitate a visit to the archives at Seven Stories in Newcastle, in order to work with Diana Wynne Jones's papers and manuscripts.
Areas of Supervision
I have received training from the researcher development course. I currently supervise for the 'Translation and Commentary' component of Part I Paper III at Robinson College and Hughes Hall, and also provide revision supervisions for both elements of the paper. I also supervise Part I and Part II dissertations related to medieval literature.
I am also able to supervise for the Practical Criticism and Critical Practice paper.