Rebecca McNamara

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800), University of Sydney

I am an early career researcher at the University of Sydney's Medieval and Early Modern Centre. Here I work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800), or the CHE.

My CHE project identifies and theorizes emotions related to suicide in medieval Europe, c. 1100-1500. I research legal documents and chronicles to consider the emotions attributed to people who killed themselves and the emotional responses of family, community, judiciary, and crown.

My DPhil at Oxford considered the use of legal, political, and bureaucratic language in the literature of Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Usk, and Thomas Hoccleve, challenging our ideas of vernacular and literary language in late medieval England. At Oxford I taught medieval literature and linguistics and worked as Junior Dean at Exeter College.

http://sydney.edu.au/arts/medieval/about/staff/rebecca_mcnamara.shtml

http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/45766/rebecca_factsheet_usyd.pdf

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800)
  • 2007–2010
    College Tutorial Teacher, English Literature and Linguistics, University of Oxford
  • 2007–2010
    Junior Dean, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Oxford, Doctor of Philosophy, English Language and Literature
  • 2006 
    University of Oxford, Master of Studies, English (650-1550)
  • 2005 
    Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts, English major, Linguistics minor, Religion minor

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)
  • British History (210305)
  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) (210307)
  • Early English Languages (200301)