Dr Elliot Kendall
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Late medieval literature and politics, the aristocracy in medieval society, intersections of ‘literary' and ‘official' texts, medieval romance, literature and political change between the reigns of Henry VI and Henry VIII.
I work on literary imaginings of political modes (including personal networks and state power) and the politics of the aristocratic household. I am writing a book on this theme in a wide range of texts circulating between 1450 and 1520, covering, for example, Malory, Skelton, Hawes, More, verse romances, and household plays. In Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household (OUP, 2008), I focus on the great household and Gower's Confessio Amantis and I have published articles on Chaucer's Shipman's Tale and competing economic modes, Sir Orfeo, Robin Hood, cooperation in an Arthurian romance, and political centralization and early Tudor literature.
I was the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2010-11, which supported research for my work on Sir Orfeo and Robin Hood.