Research Stream

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch is Director of the Centre, and a Chief Investigator whose research contributes to the Meanings Program. His research project, ‘The Emotions of War in Medieval Literature’, involves a study of the emotions/passions as represented in the medieval literature of war and peace, covering English, French and Latin materials from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, with a further interest in modern medievalism’s reception and re-imagination of this material. The determinants of emotional life in medieval war and combat literature  – whether in epic, history, romance, manual, treatise or moral reflection – are multiple and complex, since the emotions are an area of medieval thought where many discourses overlap, including the traditions of virtue, vice and sin, physiological, psychological and medical notions, and class- and gender-based ideologies. Classical and Christian authorities also provide a strong ethical context for medieval reading and representation of war, one which is sometimes forgotten in understandings of the ‘heroic’ or aristocratic masculine ethos. Medieval war writing is a trove of surprising emotional connections, for instance between melancholy and aggression, cowardice and ill will, or pity and ambition.

Contact

+61 8 6488 2185
andrew.lynch@uwa.edu.au
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Research Project

The Emotions of War in Medieval Literature

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

Broomhall, S. and A. Lynch, eds. The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700. London: Routledge, 2020. (Published in July 2019).

Broomhall, S., J. W. Davidson and A. Lynch (general editors). A Cultural History of The Emotions Volumes 1–6. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Broomhall, S. and A. Lynch, eds. A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age (1300–1600). Volume 3 of A Cultural History of The Emotions. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Downes, S., A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, eds. Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Champion, M. and A. Lynch, eds. Understanding Emotions in Early Europe. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

Downes, S., A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, eds. Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature. Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch, eds. International Medievalism and Popular Culture. New York: Cambria Press, 2014.


Journals

Barclay, K., A. Lynch and G. Tarantino, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 2.1 (2018).

Barclay, K., A. Lynch and G. Tarantino, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 2.2 (2018).

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch, eds. 'Feeling for the Premodern'. Special issue, Exemplaria 30.3 (2018).

Barclay, K. and A. Lynch, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.2 (2017).

Barclay, K. and A. Lynch, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.1 (2017).

D’Arcens, L., A. Lynch and S. Trigg, eds. ‘Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism'. Special issue, Australian Literary Studies 26.3–4 (2011).

Dell, H., L. D'Arcens and A. Lynch, eds. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.2 (2011). Special issue: 'The Medievalism of Nostalgia'.

Book Chapters

Downes, S. and A. Lynch. ‘“In Form of War”: War and Emotional Formation in European History’. In Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O'Loughlin, pp. 1–21. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Lynch, A. ‘Emotion and Medieval “Violence”: The Alliterative Morte Arthure and The Siege of Jerusalem’. In Writing War in Britain and France, 1370–1854: A History of Emotions, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O'Loughlin, pp. 37–56. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Lynch, A. ‘Chaucer as Catholic Child in Nineteenth-Century English Reception’. In Contemporary Chaucer Across the Centuries, edited by H. Hickey, A. McKendry and M. Raine, pp. 172–87. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

Lynch, A. ‘Contested Chivalry: Youth at War in Walter Scott and Charlotte M. Yonge’. In Romance Rewritten: The Evolution of Middle English Romance. A Tribute to Helen Cooper, edited by E. Archibald, M. G. Leitch and C. Saunders, pp. 241–56. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2018.

Lynch, A. and P. Beasley. ‘Malory, Sir Thomas’. In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, edited by S. Echard and R. Rouse, pp. 1254–62. 4 vols. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017.


Lynch, A. ‘Emotional Community’. In Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 3‒6. London and New York: Routledge, 2017 .

Lynch, A. ‘War, Church, Empire and the Medieval in British Histories for Children’. In The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, edited by B. Bildhauer and C. Jones, pp. 87–101. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Lynch, A. ‘Post-Colonial Studies’. In Handbook of Arthurian Romance: King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature, edited by L. Tether and J. McFadyen, pp. 297–310. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017.

Lynch, A. ‘Emotional Community’. In Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 3‒6. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Lynch, A. ‘Medievalism and the Ideology of War’. In The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism, edited by L. D’Arcens, pp. 135–50. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘“he nas but seven yeer olde”: Emotions in Boy Martyr Legends of Later Medieval England’. In Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe, edited by K. Barclay, K. Reynolds and C. Rawnsley, pp. 25‒44. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘“With face pale”: Melancholy Violence in John Lydgate's Troy and Thebes’. In Representing War and Violence, 1250‒1600, edited by J. Bellis and L. Slater, pp. 79‒94. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘Magna Carta: The View from Popular Culture’. In Proceedings of a Symposium Held by the Department of the Senate and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of the Magna Carta, edited by P. Waring, pp. 95‒105. Canberra: Department of the Senate, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘“… another comfort”: Virginity and Emotion in Measure for Measure'. In Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies, edited by R. White, K. O'Loughlin and M. Houlahan. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Lynch, A. ‘"What cheer?" Emotion and Action in the Arthurian World’. In Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature: Body, Mind, Voice, edited by F. Brandsma, C. Larrington and C. Saunders. Boydell and Brewer, 2015 (paperback 2018).

Lynch, A. ‘Good knights and holy men: reading the virtue of soldier-saints in medieval literary genres’. In Sanctity as Literature in Late Medieval Britain, edited by E. von Contzen and A. Bernau. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.

Lynch, A.  ‘”blisse wes on londe”: The feeling of peace in Laȝamon's Brut’. In Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature, edited by S. Downes, A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, pp. 42–59. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Lynch, A. ‘Good knights and holy men: reading the virtue of soldier-saints in medieval literary genres’. In Sanctity as Literature in Early Modern Britain, edited by E. von Contzen and A. Bernau, pp. 38–59. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.

Lynch, A. and M. Champion. ‘Understanding Emotions: “The Things They Left Behind”’. In Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, edited by  M. Champion and A. Lynch, pp. ix–xxxiv. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

Lynch, A. ‘Guinevere as “Social Person”: Emotion and Community in Chrétien de Troyes’. In Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, edited by M. Champion and A. Lynch, pp. 151–69. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

Lynch, A. ‘ “Now evil deeds arise”: Evaluating Courage and Fear in Early English Fight Narrative’. In Gender and Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Destroying Order, Structuring Disorder, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 17–33.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch. ‘The Medieval, the International, the Popular: Introduction’. In International Medievalism and Popular Culture, edited by L. D’Arcens and A. Lynch, pp. xi–xxx. New York: Cambria Press, 2014.

Lynch, A. ‘Swords in Stones / Ladies in Lakes: Revision and Legendariness in Arthurian Medievalism’. In International Medievalism and Popular Culture, edited by L. D’Arcens and A. Lynch, pp. 227–44. New York: Cambria Press, 2014.

Lynch, A. ‘Foreword’. In Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment, edited by D. Kambasković, pp. v–viii. Dordrecht: Springer, Studies in the History of the Philosophy of Mind 15, 2014.

Lynch, A. ‘Poetry and confessing: Francis Webb, Vincent Buckley and the Case of Cardinal Mindszenty’. In Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935–2010, edited by T. Dalziell and P. Genoni, pp. 17380. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013. ISBN 9781921867460.

Lynch, A. 'Animated Conversations in Nottingham: Disney’s Robin Hood (1973)'. In Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture, edited by G. Ashton and D. T. Kline, pp. 29–42. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Lynch, A. 'Genre, Bodies and Power in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: King Horn, Havelok, and the South English Legendary'. In The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108. The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative, edited by K. K. Bell and J. N. Couch, pp. 17796. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Journal Articles

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch. ‘Introduction: Feeling for the Premodern’. Exemplaria 30.3 (2018): 183–90.

Lynch, A. ‘Dialogic History: Walter Scott’s Medieval Voices’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 7.2 (2016): 285‒88.

Lynch, A. ‘Positive Emotions in Arthurian Romance: Introduction’. Journal of the International Arthurian Society 4.1 (2016): 53‒57.


Lynch, A. '"Simply to amuse the reader”: The Humor of Walter Scott's Reformation’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 5.2 (2014): ‘Comic Medievalism’.


Lynch, A. 'Marvellous Melbourne's Middle Ages: The Burlesque Extravaganzas of W. M. Akhurst'. Australian Literary Studies 26.3‒4 (2011):3653 (published 2012). Special issue: 'Medievalism, Colonialism, Nationalism'.

D'Arcens, L., A. Lynch and S. Trigg, eds. 'Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism: Introduction'. Australian Literary Studies 26.34 (2011):15.

Lynch, A. 'Nostalgia and Critique: Walter Scott's "secret power"'. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.2 (2011): 20115.

Selected Presentations

Symposium Paper: ‘“Thee will I ever chant, thy power praise”: Translating Stoic Emotion and Prayer Practices in Early Modern England’, ‘Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800’ symposium, The University of Adelaide, 23 November 2018.

Keynote Lecture: ‘Literary Genres and Ideas of Periodisation in the History of Emotions’, Third International CHE conference, ‘The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders’, UWA, 14–15 June 2018.