Joyce Coleman's interest in medieval literary reception, performance, and patronage was fired by the unexpected convergence of a B.A. in Medieval Studies and an M.A. in Anthropology / Folklore. She pursued this interest at Ph.D. level, publishing her dissertation in 1996 as Public Reading and the Reading Public in Late Medieval England and France (Cambridge University Press, 1996; paperback edition, 2005). Articles exploring many aspects of medieval literary culture have appeared in anthologies and in journals such as Speculum, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Philological Quarterly, Cahiers de Littérature Orale, and the British Library Journal.
Her current interest is in the social and cultural values encoded within manuscript illuminations of authors and readers. Work on a monograph about this topic, titled The Iconography of the Book in Late Medieval Secular Illumination, has been supported by grants from the Huntington Library and the American Philosophical Society, and by a recent OU sabbatical leave spent as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages, an interdisciplinary anthology co-edited with art historian Kathryn Smith and French literary historian Mark Cruse, will be published in 2013 by Brepols (Turnhout, Belgium).
Prof. Coleman enjoys teaching classes on Anglo-Saxon to late medieval literature as well as on modern uses of medieval material, such as "medieval films" and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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