Joel Lipson, Wolfson

Degree: PhD
Course: MedRen
Supervisor: Dr James Wade
Dissertation Title:

Supernatural Visitation in Medieval Literature


Biographical Information

I completed a BA in English and then an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (medieval strand) at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. My MPhil dissertation explored the variously-configured relationships between supernatural visitation and dream-states in three late medieval vernacular poems - Sir Orfeo, Thomas of Erceldoune, and The Testament of Cresseid - considered alongside the tradition of 'dream-vision' poetry in the later Middle Ages. I am now a PhD student at Wolfson College, investigating the application of recurring narrative motifs and structures in the context of supernatural visitation narratives and representations of the otherworldly. I am particularly interested in the ongoing development and reimagining of conventional narrative tropes, and the ways in which tales of supernatural encounters demonstrate generic overlap between the traditions of romance and chronicle / curiosity literature.

Research Interests

Otherworlds; Pagan mythology reimagined in Christian contexts; British pseudo-history; Bestiaries, monsters and marvels; Alliterative verse; Chivalry and monasticism; Afterlives and revenants, Memento Mori literature