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.


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Research Project

The Emotions of War in Medieval Literature


L. D’Arcens and A. Lynch (Eds). International Medievalism and Popular Culture. [New York: Cambria Press, 2014].

‘Good knights and holy men: reading the virtue of soldier-saints in medieval literary genres’, in Sanctity and Literature. (Eds) A. Bernau and E. von Contzen. [Manchester University Press].

‘Action and emotion in the Arthurian world’. in Arthurian Emotion: Voice, Mind, Body. (Eds) F. Brandsma, C. Larrington and C. Saunders. [Boydell and Brewer].

‘“… another comfort”: virginity and emotion in Measure for Measure, in Shakespeare and Emotion. (Eds) R. White, K. O'Loughlin and M. Houlahan. [Palgrave].

'”simply to amuse the reader”: the humor of Walter Scott's Reformation’, in postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 5.2 (2014): ‘Comic Medievalism’. (Ed) L. D’Arcens.

Selected Recent Publications

A.Lynch, ‘Poetry and confessing: Francis Webb, Vincent Buckley and the Case of Cardinal Mindszenty’, in Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935-2010, eds T.Dalziell & P.Genoni, (Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013), pp. 173-180. ISBN 9781921867460.

A. Lynch, 'Animated Conversations in Nottingham: Disney’s Robin Hood (1973)' in Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture, (Eds) G. Ashton and D.T. Kline, [New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012].

A. Lynch, '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, (Eds) K.K.Bell and J.N. Couch [Leiden: Brill, 2011], pp. 177-196.

Eds) L. D’Arcens, A. Lynch & S. Trigg, Australian Literary Studies 26.2, 2011 (published in 2012). Special issue: Medievalism, Colonialism, Nationalism', pp. 36-53.

A. Lynch, 'King Arthur in Marvellous Melbourne: W. M. Akhurst's "burlesque extravaganzas"', Australian Literary Studies, 26.2, 2011 (published 2012). Special issue: Medievalism, Colonialism, Nationalism, pp. 36-53.

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

L.D'Arcens, A.Lynch and S.Trigg, (Eds) 'Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism: Introduction', in Australian Literary Studies, 26.3-4 (2011), pp. 1-5.

A. Lynch, 'Nostalgia and Critique: Walter Scott's "secret power"', in postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, 2.2 (2011), pp. 201-215..