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Natalie Goodison

Teaching Fellow in Department of English Studies, Durham University

I am a scholar of medieval romance and the history of ideas with a particular interest in embodiment. I've written on the medical humanities regarding women's health, on the transformation of the body, and on medieval swans. Ive had some small success working collaboratively with scientists, resulting in my being interviewed on Times Radio by John Pienaar, and featured in The Guardian, The Times, Science Magazine, and beyond. My current research looks at medieval ideas of causality for abnormal birth. I hold degrees from UNC (BA), Edinbugh (MSc), and Durham (PhD).


  • 2021–present
    Teaching Fellow, Department of English Studies, Durham University
  • 2020–2020
    Early Career Fellowship, Institute for the Medical Humanities, Durham University
  • 2019–2020
    Junior Anniversary Fellow, IASH, University of Edinburgh


    University of North Carolina, BA
    University of Edinburgh, MSc
    Durham University, PhD


  • 2022
    Introducing the Medieval Swan, Cardiff: University of Wales Press
  • 2020
    'A Geneticist and a Medievalist: An Unlikely Partnership/, Fiftieth Anniversary Symposium for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, ed. Ben Fletcher-Watson (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 125-38.
  • 2020
    ‘The Sacred and the Secular: Alchemical Transformation in The Turke and Sir Gawain’, Arthurian Literature 35 (2020): 133-51
  • 2020
    ‘Girding the Loins? Direct Evidence of the Use of a Medieval Birthing Girdle from Biomolecular Analysis, Royal Society Open Science 10 March 21. Doi: 10.1098/rsos.202055
  • 2018
    The Serpent with a Woman’s Face: Transformation in Libeaus Desconus and the Vernacular Fair Unknown Tradition’, Romance Across European Borders, ed. by Miriam Muth-Edlich (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), pp. 205-228.
  • 2018
    ‘Genetics, Molar Pregnancies, and Medieval Ideas of Monstrous Births: The Lump of Flesh in The King of Tars’, Medical Humanities BMJ, 07 August 2018. doi: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011387 here