Dr Elliot Kendall
Middle English, Ricardian literature, medieval romance, the aristocracy in medieval society, intersections of ‘literary' and ‘official' texts, literature and political change between the reigns of Henry VI and Henry VIII.
He works primarily on the great household and late medieval writers' engagement with its social dynamics and power (royal and aristocratic). In Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household (OUP, 2008) he focuses on the great household and Gower's Confessio Amantis, and he is currently working on the household imagination of politics from before the Wars of the Roses to the reign of Henry VIII.
This research involves locating literary texts in larger discursive environments alongside household records, chronicles and parliamentary petitions for example. ‘Chamberlain Danger: the social meaning of love allegory in the Confessio Amantis' considers Gower's imaginative reliance on the household office of chamberlain in his courtly love poetry. Another article reads Chaucer's Shipman's Tale in terms of a dialectic between aristocratic ‘wasting' and urban, commercial economics.