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Dr Laura Chuhan Campbell

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA10, Elvet Riverside I+44 (0) 191 33 43420
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


My research interests cover medieval French and Italian literature, particularly the area of cultural adaptations of literary texts.

My first book examines vernacular translations of the story of Merlin in French and Italian medieval literature, following the transmission of Merlin texts from Britain, to France, to Italy over a period of 300 years. Incorporating perspectives from modern semiotic theory and language philosophy, this study seeks to understand medieval ideas about translation through the figure of Merlin, an omniscient prophet who consistently "translates" his vision of the narrative into obscure prophecies.

Most recently, I have started work on a new project that focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment in medieval vernacular adaptations of Genesis. Adopting an ecocritical perspective, which intersects particularly with philosophies of ecofeminism and ecomaterialism, this project analyses stories of ecological creation and destruction that manifest medieval perceptions of the interface between the human, the natural, the technological, and the divine.

Research groups

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy


Authored book

  • Chuhan Campbell, Laura, Pohl, Benjamin & Tether, Leah (2021). The Bristol Merlin: Revealing the Secrets of a Medieval Fragment. ARC Humanities Press.
  • (2017). The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy: Prophecy, Paradox, and Translatio. D. S. Brewer.

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

  • (Forthcoming). Human Interactions with the Medieval and Early Modern Natural World. Neophilologus, Springer.

Journal Article

Translated Chapter in Book

  • Bowen, Alan & Wildberg, Christian (trans.) (2009). Pierre Pellegrin, 'The Argument for the Sphericity of the Universe in Aristotle's De Caelo '. In New Perspectives on Aristotle's De Caelo. (ed.). Leiden: Brill.