Ms Rebecca Shercliff, St John's

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Prof M Ní Mhaonaigh

Biographical Information

Rebecca Shercliff is a PhD student in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic. Her PhD thesis will be a critical edition of the medieval Irish text Tochmarc Ferbe ('The Wooing of Ferb'), with translation, textual notes and literary commentary. Her particular focus for approaching this text has been on semantic issues arising from the interpretation of individual contentious words, and on a literary analysis of the roles of the female characters.

She also completed a BA and an MPhil in the same department. Her MPhil thesis was a discussion of the role of King Arthur in the medieval Welsh Trioedd Ynys Prydain ('Triads of the Island of Britain') and the implications of this for approaching Trioedd Ynys Prydain as a series of recensions rather than as a single text. This analysis will be appearing as a chapter in the forthcoming volume Arthur in the Celtic Languages.

In 2013 she received the ASNC Department's H. M. Chadwick Prize, and in 2017 she received the Celtic Studies Association of North America's Student Paper Prize for her paper '"Arise and avenge your son": The Role of Medb in Tochmarc Ferbe'.

Research Interests

Editorial work on tales from the medieval Irish literary corpus; digital editions and the development of online resources for use in the humanities; literary analysis of tales from the medieval Irish Ulster Cycle and Finn Cycle; issues relating to gender in medieval literature; the role of Arthurian material in medieval Welsh literature and its interactions with surrounding cultures; new approaches to interpreting Trioedd Ynys Prydain.

Areas of Supervision

Medieval Irish language and literature; Medieval Welsh language and literature; Old English language and literature.

Selected Publications

‘Arthur in Trioedd Ynys Prydain’, in Arthur in the Celtic Languages, ed. Erich Poppe and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan (forthcoming: University of Wales Press)

‘Textual Correspondences in Tochmarc Ferbe’, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 35 (2016)

Rebecca is also the Researcher for eSenchas: An Electronic Resource for the Study of Medieval Irish Texts.