Session 2: Word

Angana Moitra (University of Kent/Freie Universität Berlin): ‘From Pagan God to Magical Being: The Changing Face of the Fearie King and its Cultural Implications

Angana Moitra received her B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in 2012 and followed it up with an M.A. in English from Jadavpur University in 2014. She is currently a first-year PhD student on the Erasmus Mundus TEEME (Text and Event in Early Modern Europe) programme, a joint-doctoral programme funded by the European Union. Her doctoral project seeks to chart the evolution and transformation of the figure of the Faerie King between the Middle Ages and the early modern period with the medieval romance Sir Orfeo and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the focal points of her study. Her academic interests range from Chaucer, Malory, and the medieval romance to Renaissance humanism, metaphysical poetry, Shakespeare, and Milton. She is particularly interested in examining the cultural, intellectual, and historical continuities between medieval and early modern literature.


Sophie Fuller (University College London): ‘Dante and the Romans d’Antiquitè: Reconsidering Classical Epic Through Vernacular Verse’

Sophie Fuller is a second-year research student in the Italian Department at University College London. Her research interests include the medieval Italian poet Dante, and the reception of classical literature in medieval Italy, with particular regard to its glosses and paratexts, and to the development of vernacular epic poetry. Sophie graduated from Oxford in 2005 with a BA (Hons.) in Classics and Modern Languages, before working in law/banking compliance for several years. She completed her MPhil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge in 2015, writing her Masters’ thesis on Dante’s reception of Vergil’s Aeneid. Sophie’s LAHP-funded doctoral research focusses on Dante’s reception of another Latin poet, Statius. It explores both Dante’s reception of the historical Statius’ epic works, including its possible mediation by Statius’ commentators and by Le Roman de Thèbes, a medieval retelling of Statius’ Thebaid, and Dante’s inclusion of the poet as a character in his Commedia.


Alexandra Nowosiad (King’s College London): ‘Reading Across Time and Space: A Volume of Late Medieval Spanish Verse Printed in Renaissance Antwerp’

Alexandra Nowosiad is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London. She completed her undergraduate studies in Medieval and Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at the University of Oxford, before taking an MA in Spanish literature at King’s College London, where she is now researching the Renaissance reception of late medieval Spanish poetry. Her research interests include the history of the book; reception; periodisation and medieval and early modern textual adaptation, especially glossing, commentary and sequels, a subject she has published on in an article examining Nicolás Núñez’s continuation to the fifteenth-century sentimental romance, Cárcel de amor (eHumanista 28, 2014).