Dr Marcel Elias, St Catharine's



Biographical Information

I am the Jeremy Haworth Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College. I came to Cambridge for my PhD as a Gates Scholar in 2013, following a BA and an MA at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. My research takes a transcultural and transdisciplinary approach to the literature of high and late medieval England and Europe more generally, with specialisms in interfaith relations, travel and ethnography, the history of emotions, practices of translation, and postcolonial theory.

Research Interests

The history and literature of the crusades, travel and pigrimage, epic poetry and romance, pastoralia, penitential and complaint literature, chivalric literature and culture, the history of emotions, processes of translation and adaptation, the psychology of entertainment media, and postcolonial theory.


Areas of Graduate Supervision



Selected Publications


Questioning the Crusades: Romance and History in the Later Middle Ages [under consideration] 


Articles and Chapters

‘Chaucer and Crusader Ethics: Youth, Love, and the Material World’ [forthcoming in The Review of English Studies, 2019] 

‘Crusade Romances and the Matter of France’, in The Oxford History of Poetry in English, vol. 2 (1150-1408), ed. Helen Cooper and Robert Roy Edwards (under contract with Oxford University Press) [forthcoming, 2021]

‘Interfaith Empathy and the Formation of Romance’, in Emotion and Medieval Textual Media, ed. Mary Flannery (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 99-124.

‘Rewriting Chivalric Encounters: Cultural Anxieties and Social Critique in the Fourteenth Century’, in Romance Rewritten: The Evolution of Middle English Romance - A Tribute to Helen Cooper, ed. Elizabeth Archibald, Megan Leitch, and Corinne Saunders (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2018), 49-68.

‘Violence, Excess, and the Composite Emotional Rhetoric of Richard Coeur de Lion’, Studies in Philology 114:1 (2017), 1-38.

‘Mixed Feelings in the Middle English Charlemagne Romances: Emotional Reconfiguration and the Failures of Crusading Practices in the Otuel Texts’, New Medieval Literatures 16 (2016), 172-212

‘The Case of Anger in The Siege of Milan and The King of Tars’, Comitatus 43 (2012), 41-56



Review of Phillipa Hardman and Marianne Ailes, The Legend of Charlemagne in Medieval England: The Matter of France in Middle English and Anglo-Norman Literature (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017), The Review of English Studies 69 (2018), 971-74.