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Dr Lewis Beer

Overview

Dr Lewis Beer Position: Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship) Email: BeerLR@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74618
Extension: 74618
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature

Research Interests

Medieval literature (especially fourteenth century), Boethius, the Roman de la rose, Guillaume de Machaut, John Gower, John Lydgate, Shakespeare; particular interests in medieval allegory, love poetry and didacticism.

Selected Publications

‘Woman’s Castle, Man’s Prison: the Fate of the Little Man in Borzage’s Early Sound Films’ (5500 words), in Rouben Mamoulian und Frank Borzage, ed. by Armin Jäger (München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2012). Translated into German by the editor.

Translation (French to English): Allirot, Anne-Hélène, ‘Longchamp and Lourcine: The Role of Female Abbeys in the Construction of Capetian Memory (Late-Thirteenth Century to Mid-Fourteenth Century)’ (9000 words), in Memory, Commemoration and Medieval France, ed. by Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen and Mary Franklin-Brown (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

Forthcoming

‘Polarised Debates, Ambivalent Judgments: the Rose, the Confessio and the Jugement Behaigne’ (9000 words), in Machaut's Legacy: The Judgment Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature, ed. by R. Barton Palmer and Burt Kimmelman. This volume is under contract with University Press of Florida.

‘Desire in a Good Mood: the Ambivalence of Hope in Machaut’s Remede de Fortune’ (8000 words). Due for publication in 2014 in Nottingham Medieval Studies.

‘The Tactful Genius: Abiding the End in the Confessio Amantis’ (10,000 words). Due for publication in 2015 in Studies in Philology.

Publications

Published

‘Woman’s Castle, Man’s Prison: the Fate of the Little Man in Borzage’s Early Sound Films’ (5500 words), in Rouben Mamoulian und Frank Borzage, ed. by Armin Jäger (München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2012). Translated into German by the editor.

Translation (French to English): Allirot, Anne-Hélène, ‘Longchamp and Lourcine: The Role of Female Abbeys in the Construction of Capetian Memory (Late-Thirteenth Century to Mid-Fourteenth Century)’ (9000 words), in Memory, Commemoration and Medieval France, ed. by Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen and Mary Franklin-Brown (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).

Forthcoming

‘Polarised Debates, Ambivalent Judgments: the Rose, the Confessio and the Jugement Behaigne’ (9000 words), in Machaut's Legacy: The Judgment Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature, ed. by R. Barton Palmer and Burt Kimmelman. This volume is under contract with University Press of Florida.

‘Desire in a Good Mood: the Ambivalence of Hope in Machaut’s Remede de Fortune’ (8000 words). Due for publication in 2014 in Nottingham Medieval Studies.

‘The Tactful Genius: Abiding the End in the Confessio Amantis’ (10,000 words). Due for publication in 2015 in Studies in Philology.

Research

I am currently revising my doctoral thesis ('Fortune and Desire in Guillaume de Machaut') as a book on didacticism in medieval love poetry; it is primarily concerned with the adaptation, by poets such as Machaut, of the didactic methods used by Boethius in his De consolatione Philosophiae. I am also writing an article on the medieval and modern debates surrounding the Roman de la rose, and another on the function of Genius in Gower's Confessio Amantis.

Biography

I did my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick, and came to Cardiff in 2011. I teach the BA and MA Shakespearean Comedy modules, as well as a BA module on medieval allegory.