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Dr Elizabeth Dearnley
  • Research Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary
Mapping the European Breton Lai

I hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship within SELCS, and am conducting a three-year project, Mapping the European Breton Lai, which traces the dissemination of Breton lais (fantastical short verse narratives, first written in the twelfth century) across medieval Europe.

More information is available on my project blog:


My research areas include comparative literature (French, Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch); translation; medieval literary theory; manuscript culture and codicology; fairy tales.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach the following course at UCL:

  • ELCS6006: Fairy Tales: Their Origin and Evolution (undergraduate, SELCS)

I also contribute to the following courses:

  • Chaucer Core Course (undergraduate, Department of English)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA (graduate, Departments of French and English)
Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medieval Studies University of Cambridge
2006 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Middle English Literature University of Cambridge
2004 BA Bachelor of Arts – English University College London
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