Professor Emma Cayley

Associate Professor of Medieval French


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Telephone: 01392 724387

Emma Cayley is 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 was awarded a Project Fund grant by REACT to develop an 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: The App will be built across Exeter, Stanford, and Glasgow Universities with co-directors Prof Elaine Treharne, Dr Benjamin Albritton, and Dr Johanna Green.

Emma was appointed as series editor of 'Material Culture and the Medieval World', at I. B. Tauris (2017-). She is co-editor of French Studies, the leading subject journal (2016-). She is also on the French editorial team of MLO (Modern Languages Open), a peer-reviewed online journal hosted by Liverpool University Press. She was elected President of the British Branch of the International Courtly Literature Society ([ICLS] 2017-), and is Vice-President of the International Executive Committee. She served on the AHRC Peer Review College from 2007-14. Emma is an external examiner for French programmes at the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge, and King's College, London. Emma regularly reviews articles, proposals and manuscripts for a number of subject journals and publishers.

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