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Elaine Treharne

Elaine Treharne

Past Faculty Fellows
Roberta Bowman Denning Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of German Studies
1st Class B.A. (Hons), University of Manchester, English Language and Literature (1986)
Master of Archive Administration, University of Liverpool, Department of History (1987)
PhD, University of Manchester, Department of English (1992)

My main research interests are in Early British manuscripts--their materiality, contents and contexts of production and reception. I have published widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. I was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project and ebook, 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220' (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/), which ran from 2005 to 2010, and I've recently written Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020 to 1220 (OUP, 2012). I'm also a textual editor, and among my work is Old and Middle English, c. 890-1450: An Anthology, 3rd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and The Old English Life of St Nicholas (Leeds, 1997). Recent collections include Textual Distortion (2017), Producing and Using English Manuscripts in the Post-Conquest Period,New Medieval Literatures13 (Special Issue, edited with Orietta Da Rold) (2013), and The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literaturein English (OUP, 2010), which I co-edited with Greg Walker.My current projects focus on the materiality of the book and the long History of Text Technologies from the earliest times (c. 60,000BCE) to the present day. I research the hapticity and phenomenology of the Medieval book, and will be publishing The Sensual Book,500-1200 based on this work. This research also extends to a more modern period of the Medieval, and to the work of artists, including William Morris, Edward Johnston, Eric Gill and David Jones, and I'll be publishing on these figures in Beauty and the Book: Arts and Crafts to Modernism eventually. I am working on Salisbury's Manuscripts for the Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile series, and completing The Very Short Introduction to Medieval Literature (OUP, 2014). My major research networks involve colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Oxford, London, and the University of British Columbia, among others. Stanford Text Technologies collaborates widely with an international group of scholars, both on manuscripts from Western culture, but also manuscripts and inscribed objects from East Asian cultures.Professionally, I am keen advocate and critic of the use of digital technologies in the classroom and in research; and I am concerned about the ways in which we display manuscripts and employ palaeographical and codicological tools online. With colleagues here and at Cambridge, I am developing online teaching materials for Medieval Manuscript Studies, in a sequence called 'Digging Deeper'. I have been the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellow, a Princeton Procter Fellow, and I'm a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Historical Society, and the English Association (and its former Chair and President). I serve as Editor for the OUP Oxford Bibliographies Online British and Irish Literature initiative, and I am General Editor of the OUP Oxford Textual Perspectives Series, and the Stanford University Press Text Technologies Series.