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Dr Usha Vishnuvajjala

Dr Usha Vishnuvajjala


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

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


I study and teach late medieval literature, especially Arthurian romance, and its afterlives, with a particular focus on gender, emotions, and friendship. I'm currently at work on a monograph on feminist medievalisms, under contract with Arc Humanities Press/Amsterdam University Press, and am co-editing a volume of essays on medieval women's friendship with Karma Lochrie.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2020    “Laughing with Periodization in Doctor Who’s ‘Robot of Sherwood,’” Studies in Medievalism XXVIII

2020    “‘Me rewes sore:’ Women’s Friendship, Affect, and Manuscript Images in Ywain and Gawain,” Arthurian Literature XXXV

2019    “Women’s Contributions to Middle English Arthurian Scholarship,” Journal of the International Arthurian Society 7

2018    “The Future We—And the Middle Ages—Want,” Year’s Work in Medievalism 30

2017    “Marriage, Lealté, and Sympathy in Eliduc,” Texas Studies in Language and Literature        59.2

2014    “Loyalty and Horizontal Cosmopolitanism in Chrétien de Troyes’ Cligés,” Arthuriana 24.1

Chapters in Edited Collections

2021    “Interrogating Rape Culture in Arthurian Literature,” forthcoming in The Modern Language Association’s Updated Approaches to Teaching the Arthurian Tradition, ed. S. Dorsey Armstrong and Arielle McKee

2021    “Socialization and Social Bonds: Renegotiation and Reconciliation,” A Cultural History of the Fairy Tale, Medieval Volume, ed. Susan Aronstein, forthcoming from Bloomsbury

2020    “Saints and Sinners: New Orleans’s Medievalisms,” The United States of Medievalism, ed. Susan Aronstein and Tison Pugh, forthcoming from U Toronto Press (with Candace Barrington)

2020    “Adversary, Sister, Scapegoat: Morgan le Fay on Film” Medieval Women on Film: Essays on Gender, Cinema and History, ed. Kevin J. Harty, McFarland

Public/Digital Writing

2017    Review of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, dir. Guy Ritchie, Medievally Speaking, the open access review journal of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism

2017    “Solidarity with our Jewish Colleagues,” for the Medievalists of Color (with minor edits from others after posting)

2015    Review of Doctor Who, Season 9, episode 5, “The Girl Who Died,” and episode 6, “The Woman Who Lived,” Medievally Speaking,

2013    “The Strange Medievalism of Mitt Romney,” The Medieval in Motion, Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization.