Professor Emma Cayley

Head of Modern Languages, Associate Professor of Medieval French


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Emma Cayley is Head of Modern Languages and Associate Professor of Medieval French at the University of Exeter where she has taught since 2003, with promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2006, and to Associate Professor in 2014. She was Laming Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College, Oxford (2002-3). She has a BA (French and Latin), an MSt, and an MA from Merton College; and a DPhil from St Anne’s College, Oxford (2003).

Emma has published extensively on late medieval French poetry and its material context. Her first monograph on Alain Chartier and medieval debate poetry (Debate and Dialogue: Alain Chartier in his Cultural Context) came out with OUP in 2006. She published a collection of essays on Alain Chartier with Ashby Kinch in 2008 (Chartier in Europe, Gallica: Boydell), a collection co-edited with Susan Powell in 2013 (Manuscripts and Printed Books in Europe 1350-1500: Packaging, Presentation and Consumption, University of Liverpool Press), and a co-edited Companion to Alain Chartier c. 1385-1430: Father of French Eloquence for Brill in 2015 with Daisy Delogu and Joan E. McRae. Among other current projects, Emma is writing a monograph on debate for UPF and preparing critical editions of fifteenth-century debate poetry for Arizona's MRTS and Garnier. Emma has recently been awarded a Project Fund grant by REACT to develop an iPad App for use in schools and beyond: the ‘Exeter Manuscripts App’ with Antenna International. See 'The Exeter Manuscripts Project' at You can see an interview about the project with Emma and her PhD student Peter Knowles at the 2013 AHRC Creative Economy Showcase:

Emma is on the French editorial team of MLO (Modern Languages Open), a new peer-reviewed online journal hosted by Liverpool University Press. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Society for French Studies; Vice-President of the International Alain Chartier Society; has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College since 2007; and served on an AHRC fellowships panel in 2012. She served as International Secretary of the ICLS (International Courtly Literature Society) from 2004-13.

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