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 a particular focus on interfaith relations and the history and literature of the crusades.

Research Interests

Interfaith relations; the history, literature, and culture of the crusades; postcolonial theory; medieval romance and its global contexts; chansons de geste; chivalric literature and culture; the history of emotions; processes of translation, adaptation, and appropriation; the psychology of entertainment media.


Areas of Graduate Supervision

I have supervised students for the Medieval Paper at Homerton, Pembroke, and St Catharine’s, and I deliver lectures and conduct seminars at the Faculty of English.


Selected Publications


The Crusades in Medieval English Romance: Emotion, Morality, and Providence [under consideration] 



‘Chaucer and Crusader Ethics’ [under consideration] 

‘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]

‘Romance Adaptation, Emotional Interpolations, and Interfaith Empathy’, in Emotion and Medieval Textual Media, ed. Mary Flannery (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018) [forthcoming]

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

‘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, 2018.