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Rachel Jones


Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

My AHRC thesis is entitled: ‘The Middle English Magdalene Legend(s), 1380-1450: Theory, History, Politics’. It examines the late-medieval Mary Magdalene vita through the lens of critical theory, theology, and social and political history.

Supervisor: Professor Helen Phillips, Professor Stephen Knight, Dr Rob Gossedge

Academic Background

I have a BA (First Class Honours) and MA (Distinction) in English Literature from Cardiff University.
I completed with distinction the Learning to Teach in Higher Education module in ENCAP,
and am an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


 ‘Mary Magdalene of Barnsdale: The Good Outlaw of Hagiography’, in Outlaw/ed spaces: constructing and reconstructing the medieval, ed. Lesley Coote [Submitted and accepted]

‘Mary Magdalene, Social Critic?’, in Where Sacred Meets Secular: The Many Conflicted Roles of Mary Magdalene, ed. Robin Waugh and Peter Loewen [Completed and accepted]

‘Punishing the Unruly Female Saint: The Anomalous Case of Mary Magdalene’, in the 2012 Special Edition of the Assuming Gender journal [Accepted, subject to Peer Review]

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

01/2012: Gender and Punishment’ conference at Manchester University:
           ‘Punishing the Unruly Female Saint: The Anomalous Case of Mary

           09/2011: ‘Shield Maidens and Sacred Mothers’ at Cardiff University:
           ‘Punishing the Unruly Female Saint’

           07/2011:  ‘Outlaw/ed Spaces: Constructing and Reconstructing the Medieval
           ‘‘Other Within’’’ conference, organised by Hull University:
           ‘Mary Magdalene of Barnsdale: The Good Outlaw of Hagiography?’

05/2009: Cardiff University ‘Medieval Gender’ symposium:
           ‘Is Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies an Early Feminist Narrative?’


I have been a Postgraduate Tutor for the past three years on the Year One ‘Medieval and Renaissance Literature’ course.