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Corinne Saunders is Professor in the Department of English Studies. She specialises in medieval literature and the history of ideas, and has particular interests in romance writing and in medical humanities. Her current research is on mind, body and affect in medieval literature and thought. She is a Co-Investigator on the Wellcome Trust funded project Hearing the Voice and Collaborator on the Wellcome Trust project Life of Breath. She is Co-Director of the Durham University's Centre for Medical Humanities.
Her most recent monograph is Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval Romance (2010), for which she was awarded AHRC-funded additional leave and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. She is the author of The Forest of Medieval Romance (1993), Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001), and over forty essays and articles on a wide range of literary and cultural topics. She has edited a Blackwell Critical Guide to Chaucer (2001); A Blackwell Companion to Romance: from Classical to Contemporary (2004); Cultural Encounters in Medieval Romance (2005); A Concise Companion to Chaucer (2006); and (with Françoise le Saux and Neil Thomas) Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses (2004); (with Jane Macnaughton), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (2005); (with David Fuller) Pearl: a Modernised Version by Victor Watts (2005); (with Ulrika Maude and Jane Macnaughton), The Body and the Arts (2009); A Blackwell Companion to Medieval Poetry (2010); (with Jane Macnaughton and David Fuller) The Recovery of Beauty (2015); (with Frank Brandsma and Carolyne Larrington) Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature: Body, Mind, Voice (2015); and (with Jamie McKinstry) a special issue of postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, 'Medievalism and Medical Humanities'. She is the English editor of the international journal of medieval studies, Medium Ævum. She has co-organised three Public Lecture Series in the University, ‘Madness and Creativity: The Mind, Medicine and Literature’, ‘Flesh and Blood: The Body and the Arts’, and The Recovery of Beauty (all published by Palgrave Macmillan).
She teaches across the range of Old and Middle English language and literature, as well as History of the English Language, Old French, and some Renaissance topics, at both BA and MA level. She currently supervises a number of PhD students working on later medieval literary topics, particularly romance writing, and welcomes enquiries from postgraduate applicants in these areas.
- old and middle English literature
- medieval and Renaissance Romance
- history of ideas
- history of women and women's writing
- old French literature
- Literature and Medicine
- Medieval Studies
- 2021: Extension Grant for the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham(£275279.18 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2017: Development of the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities(£262643.62 from Wellcome Trust)
- Saunders, Corinne (2016). Beyond Nature: Magic, Enchantment and the Marvellous in Medieval Romance. D. S. Brewer.
- Saunders, Corinne (2010). Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer.
- Saunders, Corinne. (2001). Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England.. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer.
- Saunders, Corinne (1993). The Forest of Medieval Romance: Avernus, Broceliande, Arden. Cambridge: D.S.Brewer.
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- Saunders, Corinne (2017). The Mystical Theology of Margery Kempe: Writing the Inner Life. In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition. McLean, Julienne, Tyler, Peter & Cook, C. C. H. Routledge. 34-57.
- Saunders, Corinne (2010). The Gawain-poet and medieval romance. In The Cambridge History of English Poetry. O'Neill, Michael Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 26-42.
- Saunders, Corinne (2010). Subtle Crafts: Magic and Exploitation in Medieval English Romance. In The Exploitations of Medieval Romance. Laura Ashe, Ivana Djordjevic & Judith Weiss Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 108-124.
- Saunders, Corinne (2010). Magic and Christianity. In Christianity and Romance in Medieval England. Rosalind Field, Phillipa Hardman & Michelle Sweeney Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 84-101.
- Saunders, Corinne (2009). ‘Sorrowful Songs: Chaucer and the Tradition of the Woman's Lament’. In Studi anglo-norreni in onore di John S. McKinnell. ‘He hafað sundorgecynd’. Maria Elena Ruggerini. Cagliari: CUEC Editrice (Cooperativa Universitaria Editrice Cagliaritana ). 132-148.
- Saunders, Corinne (2009). 'Medieval Warfare'. In The Cambridge Companion to War Writing. Kate McLoughlin Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 83-97.
- Saunders, Corinne (2009). 'Magic and Religion in Arthurian Romance'. In A Companion to Arthurian Legend. Elizabeth Archibald & Ad Putter Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 201-17.
- Saunders Corinne (2008). 'Bodily Narratives: Illness, Medicine and Healing in Medieval Romance'. In The Boundaries in Medieval Romance. Neil Cartlidge Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 175-190.
- Saunders, Corinne (2008). 'Gender in Sir Beves of Hampton'. In Sir Beves of Hampton in Literary Tradition: the Metamorphoses of a Romance Hero. Jennifer Fellows & Ivana Djordjevic Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 161-75.
- Saunders, Corinne (2007). 'Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde; Hoccleve, Letter of Cupid'. In Treasures of Durham University Library. Richard Gameson Third Millennium. 64-65.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Love and Loyalty in Middle English Romance. In Writings on Love in the English Middle Ages. Cooney, H. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Erotic Magic: the Enchantress in Middle English Romance. In 'Parfit blisse of love':A Search for the Erotic in Medieval Britain. Hopkins, A. & Rushtom, C. D.S.Brewer.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Sexual Violence in warfare: The Middle Ages. In Transcultural Wars: From the Middle Ages to Twenty-First Century. Kortum, H.H. Academie Verlag. 151-164.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Love and the Making of the Self: Troilus and Criseyde. In A Concise Companion to Chaucer. Blackwell. 135-156.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Introduction to 'A Concise Companion to Chaucer'. In Saunders, C. Blackwell. 1-10.
- Saunders, C. (2006). Violent Magic in Middle English Romance. In Violence in Medieval Literature: A Casebook. Classen, A. Routledge. 225-240.
- Saunders, C. (2005). 'The thoughtful maladie': Madness and Vision in Medieval Writing. In Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. Saunders, C. & Macnaughton, J. Palgrave Macmillan. 65-85.
- Saunders, C. (2004). Introduction 'Chaucer's Romances' Epilogue. In A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary. Saunders, C. Blackwell. 1-9, 85-103, 539-541.
- Saunders, C. (2004). Women and Warfare in Medieval English Writing. In Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses. Saunders, C., le Saux, F. & Thomas, N. D.S.Brewer. 187-212.
- Saunders, C. (2004). Beyond Nature: Magic, Science and the Supernatural in Chaucer’s Writing. In Medieval English Literary and Cultural Studies. Silvestre, J.C.C. & Gonzalez, M.N.V. University of Murcia: 121-143.
- Saunders, C. (2002). Desire, Will and Intention in Sir Beves of Hamtoun. In The Matter of Identity in Medieval Romance. Hardman, P. D.S.Brewer. 29-42.
- Saunders, C. (2001). Gender, law and Order in Thirteenth-Century Romance. In Thirteenth-Century England. Prestwich, M. D.S.Brewer. 153-164.
- Saunders C (2000). 'A Matter of Consent: Middle English Romance and the Law of Raptus'. In Medieval Women and the Law. Noel James Menuge Cambridge: D. S. Brewer.
- Saunders C (1997). 'Classical Paradigms of Rape in the Middle Ages: Chaucer's Lucretia and Philomela'. In Rape in Antiquity: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Susan Deacy & Karen F. Pierce Duckworth. 243-66.
- Saunders, C. (1996). 'Symtyme the fende':Questions of Rape in Sir Gowther. In Studies in English Language and Literature: ‘Doubt Wisely’ Papers in Honour of E. G. Stanley. Toswell, J. & Tyler, E. Routledge. 286-303.
- Saunders C (1995). 'Woman Displaced: Rape and Romance in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale'. In Arthurian Literature XIII. James P. Carley & Felicity Riddy Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. 115-31.
- Powell, Hilary, & Saunders, Corinne (2021). Visions and Voice-Hearing in Medieval and Early Modern Contexts. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Archibald, Elizabeth, Leitch, Megan & Saunders, Corinne (2018). Romance Rewritten: The Evolution of Middle English Romance. A Tribute to Helen Cooper. Studies in Medieval Romance. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
- Brandsma, Frank, Larrington, Carolyne & Saunders, Corinne (2015). Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature: Body, Mind, Voice. Arthurian Studies, 83. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D.S.Brewer.
- Saunders, Corinne, Macnaughton, Jane & Fuller, David (2015). The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saunders, Corinne (2010). A Companion to Medieval Poetry. Blackwell.
- Saunders, CJ, Maude, U & Macnaughton, J (2009). The Body and the Arts. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saunders, Corinne (2006). A Concise Companion to Chaucer. Blackwell.
- Saunders, C.J (2005). Cultural Encounters in the Romance of Medieval England.
- Saunders, Corinne & Macnaughton, Jane (2005). Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saunders, Corinne & David Fuller (2005). Pearl. Enitharmon Press.
- Saunders, Corinne. (2004). A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary.. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Saunders, C., le Saux, F. & Thomas, N. (2004). Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses. Boydell and Brewer.
- Saunders, Corinne. (2001). Chaucer.. Blackwell Guides to Criticism. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Saunders, Corinne & McKinstry, Jamie (2017). postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies. postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, 8 (2): Palgrave Macmillan.
- Saunders, Corinne & Fernyhough, Charles (2017). Reading Margery Kempe’s inner voices. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 8(2): 209-217.
- Saunders, Corinne (2016). Affective Reading: Chaucer, Women, and Romance. Chaucer Review 51(1): 11-30.
- Saunders, Corinne (2015). The Art of Medicine: Hearing Medieval Voices. The Lancet 386(10009): 2136-2137.
- Saunders, C J (2001). The Medieval Law of Rape. King's Law Journal 19-48.
- Saunders, C.J (1993). Malory's Book of Huntynge: The Tristram Section of the Motre Darthur. Medium Ævum 62(no 2): 270-284.
- Saunders, C. (1992). Vox clamantis in deserto: The Landscape of Aelfric's John the Baptist. Notes and Queries 39(1): 19-21.
- Saunders, C. (1991). Arthur’s Val merveillex et perilleux: A Note on the Relationship of the Roman de Thèbes to the Alliterative Morte Arthure, lines 3230-51. Notes and Queries 38(4): 454-454.