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Helen Fulton came to York in 2010 as Professor of Medieval Literature, attached to the Centre for Medieval Studies at King’s Manor.
A graduate of Linacre College, Oxford, and the University of Sydney, her career began with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, where she was attached to the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. This was followed by posts at the University of Sydney, where she was Pro-Dean in the Faculty of Arts, and at Swansea University, where she served as Head of the School of Arts and founding Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities.
Helen has held Visiting Research Fellowships at St John’s College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London. She has over 60 publications, including 7 books, and has convened 3 major international conferences as well as organising numerous sessions at international conferences. She has given 8 keynote addresses and many invited papers in the UK, US, South Africa, and Australia.
Helen has extensive experience of leading research projects in the UK and Australia, acting as Principal Investigator on 13 funded projects (British Academy, AHRC, Australian Research Council). She recently collaborated as Co-Investigator on an AHRC-funded research project using digitization and GIS mapping (http://www.medievalchester.ac.uk/index.html) and is currently leading two teams in the development of further projects, 'Cultural Encounters on the Medieval March of Wales' and 'Britain, Ireland and the Italian Renaissance: Reception and Legacy' (http://www.italianrenaissanceinbritain.org.uk).
Previous management roles include Head of the Department of English and Related Literature at York, Head of the School of Arts at Swansea University, Pro-Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney, and founding Directorships of three research centres.
Helen is currently a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, the editor of a refereed journal (Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion), and the general editor of the series New Century Chaucer published by the University of Wales Press. She is the co-editor of the Cambridge History of Welsh Literature, due to appear in 2015.
Helen’s research areas are the history and politics of medieval literature, classical reception in the Middle Ages, Celtic studies, Arthurian literature, and English and Welsh cultural exchanges in the late Middle Ages. She welcomes applications from graduate students in any of these areas.
Professor Fulton’s main research interests lie in medieval Celtic languages and literatures, and in cultural exchanges between English and Welsh in the late Middle Ages. She has edited a collection of medieval Welsh poetry (Selections from the Dafydd ap Gwilym Apocrypha) and has published two monographs, several edited collections, and numerous articles on aspects of medieval Welsh literature and its connections with other European literatures, particularly English, French and Latin. She has a longstanding interest in political literature and has published on the politics of medieval prophecy and urban literature. She is also well-known as an Arthurian scholar and recently edited the Blackwell Companion to Arthurian Literature.
Professor Fulton’s literary criticism is informed by semiotic and Marxist theory. A related interest is narrative theory and discourse analysis, and she is the co-author of a 2005 study, Narrative and Media. She has also published work on contemporary Welsh and Irish writing in English.
Professor Fulton recently received British Academy funding to work on an edition and translation of the medieval Welsh version of the Troy story, Ystorya Dared. She is also working on an edition and translation of a group of Welsh political poems from the Wars of the Roses. She is the co-editor of the Cambridge History of Welsh Literature, due to appear in 2016.
Previous PhD topics supervised by Professor Fulton include a study of women in thirteenth-century Wales, an edition of Old Irish texts, a feminist reading of the Middle English Melusine, and a study of medieval English and Latin prophecy and nationalism. She is currently supervising theses on Middle English versions of the Troy story, and on the reception of Malory in nineteenth-century Arthurian fiction for children.
Professor Fulton would welcome applications from students wishing to work on medieval Celtic literatures, Arthurian literature, cultural connections between English and Welsh literatures, and literature and politics in the Middle Ages.
Professor Fulton is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and regularly acts as assessor for publishers, journals and funding bodies.
She is an active member of various professional associations, including the Medieval Academy of America, the New Chaucer Society and the Celtic Studies Association of North America, and was formerly the President of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA).
She has held Visiting Research Fellowships at St John’s College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.
Professor Fulton is the editor of the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Celtic Studies, Literature Compass, International Journal of Welsh Writing in English, University of Wales Press, and York Medieval Press. She is the general editor of the book series ‘New Century Chaucer’, published by the University of Wales Press, and is on the editorial board of the book series ‘Working in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Trades and Professions’, published by Boydell and Brewer.