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Sheri Smith


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

‘Answers to Prayer in Chaucer:  An Ambiguous Response to Human Tragedy’

In this thesis, I examine the effects of petitionary prayer in the works of Chaucer, exploring the ramifications of the unanswered or un-granted prayer in a context where literary supplication typically receives a divine response.

Supervisor: Professor Carl Phelpstead

Academic Background

2012 – MA, English Literature, Cardiff University (Distinction)

1992 – BA, English Literature, University of Missouri, Columbia (cum laude)

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

‘Rage, Desire and les Mal Mariées:  Losing One’s Head in the Lais of Marie de France’; International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2013.

'O Maria piissima and Deus qui liberasti Susannam: praying for inward change or for outward benefit in thirteenth-century Horae?'; Personal Piety in the High Middle Ages conference, Lancaster University, 29th-30th May 2014.

‘The Britoun Book: An answer to the prayer of an exile in The Man of Law’s Tale’; From glass case to cyber-space: Chaucerian manuscripts across time conference, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 14th-16th April 2014.


Postgraduate Tutor for Medieval and Renaissance Literature