Helen Fulton

Profile

Biography

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.

Research

Overview

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.

Current projects

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.

Supervision

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.

Publications

Selected publications

Books

  • H. Fulton (2009), (ed.). A Companion to Arthurian Literature. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 571pp.
  • H. Fulton (2008). Welsh Prophecy and English Politics in the Late Middle Ages. Aberystwyth: Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. 41pp.
  • R. Evans, H. Fulton, D. Matthews (2006), (eds). Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. 286pp.
  • H. Fulton (2005), (ed.). Medieval Celtic Literature and Society. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 304pp.
  • H. Fulton, with J. Murphet, R. Huisman and A. Dunn (2005). Narrative and Media. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 329pp.
  • H. Fulton (1996). Selections from the Dafydd ap Gwilym Apocrypha. '‘Welsh Classics' Series. Llandysul: Gomer Press. 267pp.
  • H. Fulton (1989). Dafydd ap Gwilym and the European Context. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. 274pp.

Articles and chapters

  • ‘Owain Glyndwr and the Prophetic Tradition’, in M. Livingstone and J. K. Bollard (eds), Owain Glyndwr: A Casebook (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013), 475-488
  • ‘A Medieval Welsh Version of the Troy Story: Editing Ystorya Dared’, in V. Gillespie and A. Hudson (eds), Probable Truth: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the Twenty-First Century (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 214-225
  • ‘Negotiating Welshness: Multilingualism in Wales before and after 1066’, in E. Tyler (ed.), Conceptualizing Multilingualism in England, c. 800-1250 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2102), 145-170
  • ‘Literature of the Welsh Gentry: Uses of the Vernacular in Medieval Wales’, in E. Salter and H. Wicker (eds), Vernacularity in England and Wales, c. 1300-1550 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 199-223
  • ‘The Outside Within: Medieval Chester and North Wales as a Social Space’, in C. Clarke (ed.), Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place and Identity in Chester, c. 1200-1600 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011), 149-168
  • ‘Matthew Arnold and the Canon of Medieval Welsh Literature’, Review of English Studies n.s. 63 (2011), 204-224
  • ‘Troy Story: The Medieval Welsh Ystorya Dared and the Brut Tradition of British History’, Medieval Chronicle 7 (2011), 137-150
  • ‘Regions and Communities’, in E. Treharne and G. Walker (eds), Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 515-539
  • 'Class and Nation: Defining the English in Late-Medieval Welsh Poetry', in R. Kennedy and S. Meecham-Jones (eds), Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), 191-212
  • 'Autobiography and the Discourse of Urban Subjectivity: The Paston Letters', in R. Bedford, L. Davis and P. Kelly (eds), Early Modern Autobiography: Theories, Genres, Practices (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006), 191-216
  • 'Cheapside in the Age of Chaucer', in R. Evans, H. Fulton and D. Matthews (eds), Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006), 138-51
  • 'Owain Glyn Dŵr and the Uses of Prophecy', Studia Celtica 39 (2005), 105-21
  • 'Arthurian Prophecy and the Deposition of Richard II', in K. Busby and R. Dalyrmple (eds), Arthurian Literature 22 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005), 64-83
  • 'Hegemonic Discourses in Brian Friel’s Freedom of the City' in M. Tymoczko and C. Ireland (eds), Language and Tradition in Ireland (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003), 62-83
  • 'Mercantile Ideology in Chaucer’s Shipman’s Tale', Chaucer Review 36 (2002), 311-28

External activities

Memberships

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.

Editorial duties

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.

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Contact details

Prof. Helen Fulton
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
Heslington
York
Y010 5DD

Tel: 44 1904 323352/3924
Fax: 44 1904 323372/3918