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Dr Victoria Shirley


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

2.21, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am currently teaching on the BA English Literature programme in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. I hold a BA (2012), MA (2013), and PhD (2018) from Cardiff University.

I am a medievalist with particular interests in medieval historical writing (both Latin and vernacular languages), and the translation and transmission of medieval narratives.

I deliver teaching on medieval and early modern literature. In the 2019-20 academic year I am teaching modules on medieval romance and seventeenth and eighteenth-century women writers.

I hold a BA (2012), MA (2013), and PhD (2018) from Cardiff University. Both my MA and PhD were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Member of:

  • The Medieval Chronicle Society
  • The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
  • The International Arthurian Society (British Branch)

Academic positions

  • 2018 - present: Teacher in English Literature, Cardiff University

In the 2019-20 academic year, I will be teaching on the following modules:

  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing (Year 1)
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Women Writers (Year 2)
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic (Year 3)
  • Dissertation (Year 3)

I have also previously delivered seminars for a variety of Year 1 modules, including Critical Reading and Critical Writing; Drama: Stage and Page; Star-cross'd Lovers: The Politics of Desire; Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature; and Ways of Reading.

My research focuses on the multilingual and multinational nature of medieval historical narratives. 

Research Interests

  • Medieval historical writing in Latin and vernacular languages
  • Translation and transmission of medieval narratives
  • Nations and national identities in medieval Britain
  • Cultural geography and constructions of space and place
  • Myths of origin, memory, and genealogy

Areas of expertise


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