Dr Lotte Reinbold, Selwyn




Biographical Information

I'm a Fellow, College Lecturer, and Director of Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge. I did my BA in English at Robinson College, my MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCL, then returned to Robinson for my PhD, which was funded by the Judy and Nigel Weiss Scholarship. I teach for Paper 2 at Part 1A, Papers 4 and 5 at Part 1B, and Papers 5 and 6 at Part II, and supervise dissertations relating to my areas of interest. 

Research Interests

I'm primarily a medievalist. My PhD was on medieval dream poetry, and tried to think about how we might read medieval dream poems through conventions of setting. More generally, my interests are in the fields of literary imitation, convention, and allusion. I'm interested in thinking about how people thought with and about medieval literature over long periods of time, and particularly how medievalism is used as a political device. I'm writing a book about literary imitation, pastiche, and editing Chaucer, 1700-1900 (ish), which argues that we should read the rise of Chaucerian pastiche in this period alongside the astonishing advances in editing Chaucer's canon, and which features a lot of eighteenth-century poets being delightfully silly in order to say interesting and serious things. Other things I'm thinking about at the moment include: literary hoaxes and forgeries, Thomas Gray, the history of glasses, architecture and form, David Jones, and Philip Larkin. I am always thinking about Alexander Pope. 

I have supervised many undergraduate dissertations, on areas from the poetry of Louise Glück and medievalism to medieval werewolf narratives. I'm particularly interested in supervising anything on Chaucer or in any area of medievalism. 

Selected Publications

2024 (accepted and forthcoming)

‘Thomas Gray Among the Medievalists’ in Thomas Gray Among the Disciplines ed. Ruth Abbott and Ephraim Levinson (Routledge). 

‘Legible Characters: Forgery, Authenticity, and the Making of the Canon’ in Yearbook of English Studies 53 (Chaucer) ed. Amy Morgan and Sue Niebrzydowski. 

‘In and Out of the Toilet: Chaucer’s Afterlives, Obscenity, and the House of Fame’, The Chaucer Review special edition, ed. Mary Flannery

‘The Kingis Quair’, The Literary Encyclopaedia Volume 1.2.3: Scottish Writing and Culture, 400-present
‘Kingdoms of Infinite Space: Three Responses to the Kingis Quair’, Studies in Medievalism XVII

Review, Barry Windeatt (ed.), Julian of Norwich: Revelations of Divine Love (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Women: A Cultural Review 29.1