Biography

Medieval East Anglian literature intrigues me. When studying literature, I enjoy drawing on connections across disciplines, especially from visual history, digital humanities and heritage studies. My particular interests are in epistolary culture, textual cultures, time and literature, gender studies, medievalism and digital heritage studies. I am the Co-Director of the '600 Paston Footprints' project, in collaboration with the Paston Heritage Society and multiple heritage, educational, creative, wellbeing, religious and tourist partners.

I joined the University of East Anglia in 2007 and am now Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Prior to this, I held a lectureship in Old and Middle English at the University of Nottingham, after being the Bloomfield Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. I gained a PhD in medieval studies, PGCHE and BA(hons) in English at the Queen’s University of Belfast.

All Publications

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Smyth, K., Power, A., Martin, R.

(2017)

Culturally mapping legacies of collaborative heritage projects,

in Valuing interdisciplinary collaborative research : Beyond impact.

Policy Press

ISBN 978-1447331629, 978-1447331605

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Power, A., Smyth, K.

(2016)

Heritage, health and place: The legacies of local community-based heritage conservation on social wellbeing,

in Health and Place

39

pp. 160-167

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2014)

Julian of Norwich: First Woman Author to Write in English,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2014)

'I specially note their Astronomie, philosophie, and other parts of profound or cunning art': The Use of the Cosmic Register by Chaucer and Others,

in Culture and the Cosmos : Astrology, Astronomy and Literature.

pp. 63-72

ISBN 190776769X

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2013)

Pestilence and Poetry: John Lydgate's Danse Macabre,

in The Fifteenth Century XII: Society in an Age of Plague.

Boydell & Brewer

pp. 39-56

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Smyth, K. (ed.), Cochelin, I. (ed.)

(2013)

Medieval Lifecycles: Continuity and Change,

Brepols

ISBN 9782503540696

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2013)

Imagining Age in the Fifteenth Century: Nation, Everyman and the Self,

in Medieval Lifecycles : Continuities and Change.

Brepols

pp. 319-349

ISBN 978-2-503-54069-6

Full Text UEA Repository

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Smyth, K.

(2012)

Concordance of Time Markings,

in The Hoccleve "Regiment of Princes" Archive: An Online Critical Edition and Digital Editing Tool.

International Hoccleve Society

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2012)

Teaching Chaucer's 'Troilus and Criseyde' as a Non-Linear Text,

in Teaching Literature: A Resource Guide.

California State University

UEA Repository

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Smyth, K.

(2011)

Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve's Verse,

Ashgate

ISBN 9781409406310

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2009)

Enhancing the Agency of a Listener: Reception Theory in a Chaucer Lecture,

in Journal of Further and Higher Education

33(2)

pp. 131-40

UEA Repository

(Article)

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Smyth, K.

(2008)

The Subtext of Astrology and other Temporal Patternings in John Lydgate's Theban History,

in Mediaevalia

29

pp. 137-56

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2007)

Reassessing Chaucer's cosmological discourse at the end of "Troilus and Criseyde" (c.1385),

in Fifteenth Century Studies

32

pp. 150-163

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2006)

Reading Misreadings in Thomas Hoccleve's Series,

in English Studies

87 (1)

pp. 3-22

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2004)

Changing Times in the Cultural Discourse of Late Medieval England,

in Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

35

pp. 435-54

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2004)

The benefits of students learning about critical evaluation rather than being summatively judged,

in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

29

(3)

pp. 370-378

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

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Smyth, K.

(2004)

Film Focus: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Online Study Guide,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2003)

2003-08 Entries on 'John Gower', 'Henryson', 'Dunbar', 'Sir Thomas Malory', 'Le Morte D'arthur', and 'John Skelton', for online resource 'The Literary Encyclopedia', www.litencyc.com,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2003)

Biography of Hildegard von Bingen (in Women's Arts News),

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Smyth, K.

(2003)

The English Programme: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Online Study Guide.,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Medieval East Anglia
I study East Anglian authors, texts and readers, utilising significant riches in regional archives and the visual culture in the region. Current projects are an HLF funded project on the Pastons and another AHRC project on archival heritage legacies. In conjunction with Norwich’s status as an UNESCO City of Literature, I organise and deliver numerous academic and public engagement activities concerning medieval East Anglia.

Digital Humanities and co-production
I have interests in the epistemology of digital humanities and how digitisation affects concepts of the archive. My current focus is on concept mapping heritage legacy projects through digital visualisations. I continue to develop collaborative digital research projects with groups such as the Paston Heritage Society, Julian of Norwich Centre, Community Action Norfolk and the Norfolk Record Office. 

Time in literature 
In my monograph Imaginings of Time in Lydgate and Hoccleve’s Verse (2011), in a co-edited interdisciplinary volume of essays, Medieval Lifecycles: Continuity and Change (2013), and in numerous articles on Chaucer and fifteenth-century authors, I have examined time as a cultural construct inherently linked to issues of authorship, authority and artistic eloquence.

PhD supervision 
I have successfully supervised to completion medieval literature, interdisciplinary and creative-critical PhDs. My current PhD students are working on the Pastons, Hoccleve, and projects in Digital Humanities. I am interested in hearing from new students (applying for full or part-time), including proposals on:
- Medieval East Anglian textual networks, authors and readers
- Time in medieval literature
- projects that span the medieval and early modern periods
- medieval projects with History, Art History and the critical component of creative writing PhDs. 
- Digital Humanities (esp. concepts of texts, archives, visualisation narratives and heritage co-productions.

Teaching Interests

  • MA ‘East Anglian Literature’
  • Level 3 ‘Medieval Arthurian Traditions’
  • Level 3 ‘Medieval Gender and Sexuality’
  • Level 3 pre-1789 dissertations
  • Level 1 ‘Reading Texts’

RESEARCH SUPERVISION
I am interested in hearing from students applying for PhD projects relating to late medieval literature and culture. See research tab for more details.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

GRANT CAPTURE

  • HLF PI of a Heritage Grant: '600 Paston Footprints', 2017-2020 (374k), with Paston Heritage Society
  • HLF PI of a Heritage Grant Development Phase: 'Paston Footprints 600', 2016 (13k), with Paston Heritage Society.
  • AHRC PI for a Connected Communities project: 'Preserving Place: A Cultural Mapping Exercise', 2014-15 (57k), with A.Power (Uni of Southamptom) and R.Martin (Community Action Norfolk)
  • Uni of London 'Being Human' Co-PI with Will Rossiter, 'From Humanism to Human: A Medieval and Renaissance Journey', 2014 (1,750k)
  • AHRC Research Fellow on the Connected Communities project: 'Ideas Bank: All our Stories', 2013
  • HEART/Harry Watson Bursary, PI for 'Julian of Norwich' project, 2013
  • Community University Engagement East grant for John Lydgate project, 2011
  • UK Bibliographical Society grant, 2008
  • British Academy Research grant, 2007
  • English Subject Centre conference grant, 2005
  • Morton Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, Harvard University, USA, (Barker Center), 2004
  • Medieval Academy of America travel grant to State University of New York, Binghamton, 2004

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

  • Profiled in 'Inspiration to Engage: Concordat for Public Engagement with Research' - RCUK, 2013
  • UEA Engagement Executive project award, for 'outstanding contribution', 2013
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 European Society of the Study of English first book prize 

APPOINTMENTS

  • Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-20)
  • Public Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, 2013-15
  • Public Ambassador for Norwich Heritage, Economic and Arts Regeneration Trust, 2012-15
  • Advisor for HEFCE’s ‘Involving Disabled People in Higher Education’ , 2010-14

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • Peer Reviewer 
  • Member of the AHRC Research into Heritage Network
  • PhD external examiner

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Public talks for historical societies, church groups, and charities, as well as participation in national festivals. Topics to date have included numerous papers on each of the following: the Pastons, John Lydgate, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Medieval Pageants in Norwich, Medieval Reading Merchants in Norfolk, William Cunningham.
  • Media interviews. Recent examples include Channel 4, BBC News, Radio Suffolk, Mustard TV, the EDP and other regional newsletters and magazines. 
  • Outreach work: Summer schools, lectures, workshops, archival training events, wellbeing and tourist activities and digital outputs
  • Co-production with community, heritage, educational groups for over a decade

Key Responsibilities

  • UEA's Eastern Arc Digital Humanities Lead (2015-17)
  • LDC's rep on the University Research Ethics Committee (2016-)
  • Personal Advisor (ongoing)

Previously:

  • LDC's rep on the University Research Data Management Committee, 2014-16
  • LDC Public Engagement Director, 2014-15
  • Medieval & Early Modern Research Impact Lead, 2014-16
  • LDC’s Equal Opportunities Rep. (for students and faculty), 2011-14
  • Student-Staff Liaison Committee member, 2013-14
  • LDC's Medieval and Early Modern seminar series organiser, 2012-14
  • CHASE (PhD consortium) Medieval and Early Modern UEA link, 2012-14
  • Q300 (BA English Literature) Course Director, 2008-12
  • LDC PhD Working Party member, 2013
  • Erasmus Co-ordinator, 2012
  • Deputy Plagiarism Officer, 2011
  • LDC Library Committee, 2011
  • LDC’s Disability Officer, 2008-10
  • Q200 (Comparative Literature) Course Director, 2009