Amanda Hopkins: Curriculum Vitae

QUALIFICATIONS AND OFFICES

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Medieval Studies (University of Bristol, 1995 to 1999)

M.A. with Commendation in Medieval Studies (University of Bristol, 1992 to 1993)

B.A. (Hons) II:i in English and European Literature (University of Warwick, 1987 to 1990)

Teaching History

Tutor, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2002/03 to date (Honorary Teaching Fellow 2006/07)

The Epic Tradition (2002/03 to date)

Medieval to Renaissance Literature (2002/03 to date)

MA in English Literature: Critical Practice module (2007/08)

Tutor, Department of French, University of Warwick, 2003/04 to date

Study Skills (2011/12 to date)

Approaches to Reading in English and French (2003/04 to date)

Modern French Thinkers (2005/06 to date)

Literatures of the Great War (2014 to date)

Co-supervision of MA dissertation on medieval bestiaries (2014/15)

Tutor, Academic Writing Programme, University of Warwick, 2005/06 to 2011/12

Academic writing modules for students reading English, Physics, Computer Studies (undergraduate and postgraduate), and early-career faculty at Warwick Business School. One-to-one sessions with Warwick students on the MSc in Engineering (WMG)

Tutor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, 2006/07 to 2007/08

Old French Translation Skills for postgraduate students taking Medieval Studies

Postgraduate Tutor, Department of English, University of Bristol, 1997/98 to 1998/99

Literature I (1200-1540)

Postgraduate Tutor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, 1997/98 to 1998/99

Old French Translation Skills for postgraduate students taking Medieval Studies

 

Other offices

  • International Arthurian Society British Branch:

  • British Branch Bibliographical Co-ordinator (2008 to 2013)

  • Committee member, 2003 to 2013 (ex officio from 2008)

  • Research Co-ordinator, Omeros Project, University of Warwick, 2006/07 and 2007/08

  • Editorial Assistant on the Cambridge Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter, 2007/08

  • International Courtly Literature Society: British Branch Bibliographical Coordinator, 2004 to 2006

Lectures

‘Gods and Gardens in Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale’, Premier Student Sixth-form Conference, February 2009

Awards

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence 2011/12 (commendation)

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence 2006/07 (commendation)

Training/Courses

Becoming A Better Teacher - Open Space Learning: A Workshop (May 2008)

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Breton Lays

The Breton lay in Old French, Middle English and Old Norse: genre, origins and development, sources and analogues, authorship; relationship to other short narratives and framed and unframed narrative collections; characteristic themes and stock elements; memory and the role of commemoration; the role of minor characters; generic self-consciousness.

Sexuality and the Erotic

Depictions of sexual activity; sexuality and gender; appropriation of neutral texts by misogynous authors; treatments of gender and sexuality in romance texts: narrative depictions of marital and extramarital sexual activity, masturbation and sexual fantasy, violation and violence; sexual economy; relation of clothing and nakedness to the erotic.

Comparative Literature/sources and analogues of Middle English literature

Comparison of Middle English texts with Old French, Italian, Latin, Welsh and Old Norse sources and analogues; influences of culture and society.

Disability

Disability, mutilation and self-mutilation in medieval literary texts and medieval English law, and the relation between the two. Insanity and performance of madness.

Animals

The treatment of animals in romance and bestiary; werewolves from Ancient Greece to Hollywood.

 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Textual Editions

Melion (ed., trans. and introduction) in French Arthurian Literature IV: Eleven Old French Narrative Lays, ed. and trans by Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C. Brook, with the collaboration of Amanda Hopkins for Melion. Arthurian Archives. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer (2007), pp. 413-66

Melion and Biclarel: Two Old French Werwolf Lays, ed. and trans. by Amanda Hopkins. Liverpool Online Series, Critical Editions of French Texts 10 (2005), online: <https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/media/livacuk/modern-languages-and-cultures/liverpoolonline/Werwolf.pdf>

Editions of Essay Collections

The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain, ed. by Amanda Hopkins and Cory Rushton. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer (2007)

Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain, ed. by Amanda Hopkins, Robert Allen Rouse and Cory James Rushton. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer (2014)

 

Articles

Penal Amputation and the Mutilated Heroine in La Manekine’,  in Disability and Medieval Law: History, Literature, Society, ed. by Cory James Rushton (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 54–81

The “Lay of the Beach” and the Breton Lay Genre’, in Nottingham Medieval Studies, 54 (2010), 57–72

‘Why Arthur at All? The Dubious Arthuricity of Arthur and Gorlagon’, Arthurian Literature, 26 (2009), 77–95

‘WikiOmeros: Technology and Textual Research in the First Year’, WordPlay: The Magazine of the English Subject Centre, 1 (April 2009), 26–28

‘ “wordy vnthur wede”: Clothing, Nakedness and the Erotic in Some Middle English Romances’, in The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain, ed. by Amanda Hopkins and Cory Rushton (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007), pp. 53–70

‘Introduction: The Revel, the Melody and the Bisynesse of Solas’, with Cory J. Rushton, in The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain, ed. by Amanda Hopkins and Cory Rushton (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007), pp. 1–17

Bisclavret to Biclarel via Melion and Bisclaret: the Development of a Misogynous Lai’, in The Court Reconvenes: Courtly Literature across the Disciplines. Selected Papers from the Ninth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of British Columbia, 25-31 July 1998, ed. by Barbara K. Altmann and Carleton W. Carroll (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2003), pp. 317–23

‘Female Vulnerability as Catalyst in the Middle English Breton Lays’, in The Matter of Identity in Medieval Romance, ed. by Phillipa Hardman (ambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002), pp. 43–58

Veiling the Text: the True Role of the Cloth in Emaré’, in Medieval Insular Romance: Translation and Innovation, ed. by Judith Weiss, Jennifer Fellows, Morgan Dickson (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000), pp. 71–82

 

Ph.D. Dissertation

"Identity in the Narrative Breton Lay", University of Bristol (1999)

 

Reviews

Lacy, Norris J., ed., The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur. English: The Journal of the English Association, 59 (2010), 212–13

 

Pugh, Tison, and Marcia Smith Marzec, ed. Men and Masculinities in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 31 (2009), 364–67

Lupack, Alan, ed., New Directions in Arthurian Studies. Arthurian Studies 51 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002); and Keith Busby with Roger Dalrymple, ed., Comedy in Arthurian Literature. Arthurian Literature 19 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2002). Modern Language Review/Yearbook of English Studies 99: 4 (October 2004), 1021–23

Tajiri, Masaji, Studies in the Middle English Didactic Tail-rhyme Romances (Tokyo: EihÇsha, 2002).  Medium Aevum 72 (2003), pp. 133–34

Dalrymple, Roger, Language and Piety in Middle English Romance (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000). Yearbook of English Studies 33 (2003),  332–33

 

Copy-editing

Multilingualism in Medieval Britain (c. 1066–1520), ed. by Judith Jefferson and Ad Putter, with the Assistance of Amanda Hopkins. Turnhout: Brepols (2013)

 

Conference Papers

‘Shifting Bodies, Shifting Courts: Exploring Ideas of the Court and Courtliness through Medieval Tales of Lycanthropy’ (International Courtly Literature Society, British Branch meeting, Warwick University, 2015)

‘The Punishment of Women in Insular Arthurian Texts’ (International Arthurian Society, British Branch meeting, Durham University, 2009)

‘Why Arthur at All? The Dubious Arthuricity of Arthur and Gorlagon’ (Congress of the International Arthurian Society, University of Rennes, 2008)

‘The 'Lay of the Beach' and the Breton Lay Genre’ (Romance in Medieval Britain, Eleventh Biennial Conference, University of St. Andrews, 2008)

‘Worthy Wolfmen and Wicked Women: Lycanthropy in Medieval Romance’ (Medieval Research Seminar, University of Warwick, 2004)

Melion and Lycanthropic Identity’ (24th meeting of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society, University of St. Andrews, 2003)

Control and the Chastity Belt in Medieval Insular Literature’ (Annual British Branch meeting of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of Durham, 2003)

Sir Cleges and the Breton Lay, Sir Cleges as a Breton Lay’ (Congress of the International Arthurian Society, University of Wales, Bangor, 2002)

‘Female Vulnerability as Catalyst in the Middle English Breton Lays’ (Romance in Medieval England, Seventh Biennial Conference, University of Reading, 2000)

‘Once Upon A Time: Distancing Techniques in the Breton Lay’ (Romance in Medieval England, Eighth Biennial Conference, University of Durham, 2002)

‘Anonymous versus Arthurian Settings in the Breton Lays’ (International Courtly Literature Society, Annual British Branch Conference, University of Bristol, 2002)

Bisclavret to Biclarel via Melion and Bisclaret: the Development of a Misogynous Lai’ (Ninth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1998)

‘ “Que hum ne deüst pas oblïer”: Perpetuating Memories in the Lais of Marie de France’ (University of Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies Fourth Postgraduate Conference: ‘Memory’, 1998)

‘Veiling the Text: the True Role of the Cloth in Emaré’ (Romance in Medieval England, Robinson College, Cambridge, 1998)

 

FICTION PUBLICATIONS

‘Friday the Thirteenth’, by Kit, in Amazons: Sexy Tales of Strong Women, ed. Sage Vivant and M. Christian (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006), pp. 45–61

‘Good for the Soul’, by Kit, in Confessions: Admissions of Sexual Guilt, ed. Sage Vivant and M. Christian (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005), pp. 129–40

‘MMF’, by Kit, in The Best of Both Worlds — Bisexual Erotica, ed. M. Christian and Sage Vivant (New York, London, Oxford: Southern Tier Editions, 2005), pp. 17–26. Lisabet Sarai, in an ERWA review, described ‘MMF’ as ‘deliciously ironic

‘Disobedience à la carte’, by Kit, 2nd prize in Palmprint 2004 Erotic Short Story Competition. Submission 9 (Weston-super-Mare: Palmprint Publications, 2005), pp. 21–27; repr. in Sixteen of the Best, ed. Sarah Veitch (Weston-super-Mare: Palmprint Publications, 2007), pp.67–74. The judges described it as ‘a beautifully-written literary story about a CP love affair, where the characters are realistic, the writing atmospheric and the observation sharp’.

‘Power Cut’, by Kit, honourable mention in Desdmona’s Erotic Story Contests: 2004 Typewriter Competition. Published online. The judges said:

What do you do in the modern office when there’s a power cut?’ Kit proceeds to tell us in that understated humorous way that the British know how to do so well. You might not find yourself laughing out loud, but you will be smiling from beginning to end. The true charm of the story is its ability to wrap humor and erotica in the same package for the lucky reader to unwrap one delicious line after another. Ping!

‘Changing Roles, Changing Rules’, by Kit, in Best S/M Erotica 2, ed. M. Christian (New York: Venus Book Club, 2004) pp. 75–82

‘Perfect’, by Kit, in Erotic Tales, ed. Justus Roux (Adrian, MI: Justus Roux, 2003), pp. 19–26

 

 

 

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