I am a Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature at Swansea University, where I teach modules on medieval literature and culture, gender studies, and transhistorical modules about literature, gender and the body.
My research is primarily about the religious women of the Middle Ages, the medicalization of spirituality, the physiology of spiritual rapture, the senses, emotions, medieval medicine, and the medical humanities. My first book, 'Margery Kempe's Spiritual Medicine: Suffering, Transformation and the Life-Course' was published in 2020. I have also published journal articles about Kempe's melancholia, and the 'sweet' texture of her spirituality, made manifest in a medicinal recipe that I revealed from the end of the manuscript. More broadly, I am interested in the deep intersections between the religious and medical ideologies of the Middle Ages and the parallels that can be drawn between the medieval and modern in terms of approaches to health and wellbeing. I am especially interested in medieval female visionaries and the way in which their physiology is 'written', 'read', and adapted.
My next book-length project is about the 'holy medicine' of medieval female mystics in Europe. This research will explore the ways in which medieval religious women were able to modify their physiology and utilise their senses in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and transformation.