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Nicola Royan

Associate Professor in Older Scots, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

MA in Humanity and Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow (1992).

DPhil in English, University of Oxford (1996). I held a Snell Exhibition at Balliol College.

PGCHE, University of Glasgow (2001).

Before being appointed to Nottingham in 2001, I taught at the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow.

Currently President of the Scottish Text Society.

Expertise Summary

Older Scots literature; Late Middle English and Early Modern English literature; late medieval and early modern Scottish Latin literature.

Representations of kingship, government and national identity; romance and Arthurian narratives; humanism and the impact of print.

Outreach and public engagement

As a member of the Institute for Medieval Research, I organise and participate in events open to the public and I blog on general medieval topics on Medieval@Nottingham. I have appeared on television and radio, to talk about the Douglases and Robert Burns.

Teaching Summary

My teaching expertise lies in literature written between about 1350 and 1625, approximately Chaucer to Spenser. However, I quite often teach outwith my area, into the twentieth century: my current… read more

Research Summary

I am currently working on the Scots poet, Gavin Douglas. Douglas was an aristocrat, a churchman and a politician, as well as a poet; he advertises his familiarity with humanist thought in his verse,… read more

Recent Publications

  • NICOLA ROYAN, ed., 2013. Companion to Scottish Literature, 1400-1600 Association of Scottish Literary Studies. (In Press.)
  • ROYAN, N., 2012. The Scottish identity of Gavin Douglas. In: BRUCE, M.P. and TERRELL, K.H., eds., The Anglo-Scottish border and the shaping of identity, 1300-1600 Palgrave Macmillan. 195-209
  • NICOLA ROYAN, 2011. Everyday Life in the Histories of Scotland from Walter Bower to George Buchanan. In: COWAN, EDWARD J and HENDERSON LIZANNE, eds., A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000-1600 Edinburgh University Press. 185-95
  • ROYAN, N and MCKINLEY, K, eds., 2010. The Apparelling of Truth: Literature and Literary Culture in the Reign of James VI, a Festschrift for Roderick J. Lyall Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Older Scots and Scottish Latin literature; late medieval and early modern English literature (from about 1375 to 1625).

Current doctoral students are working on:

- editing late medieval texts, The Lay Folk's Catechism, and The Lily of Medicine

- John Lydgate's influence on Edmund Spenser

My teaching expertise lies in literature written between about 1350 and 1625, approximately Chaucer to Spenser. However, I quite often teach outwith my area, into the twentieth century: my current assignments include lecturing on Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach Year 1 Beginnings of English, Middle English material from Sir Orfeo to Morte Darthur.

In Year 2, I convene and teach Shakespeare and Co on the Page, a module concerned with the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, that's mediated as text, so poetry and prose rather than drama.

As I'm on a Leverhulme Fellowship, I won't be teaching a Year 3 special module in 2013-14, but in the past, I have taught Arthurian Literature as well as Love in a Cold Climate (sixteenth-century Scottish lyric, with a focus on editing).

Post-graduate Teaching

In previous years, I've contributed to various late medieval and early modern modules. In 2013-14, however, I will be convening Text Editing I, which introduces the theory and practice of editing, and enables students to reflect on editorial practice and influence in their own areas of interest.

External examining

I am in my fourth year serving as external examiner for the MA in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature at the University of East Anglia.

Current Research

I am currently working on the Scots poet, Gavin Douglas. Douglas was an aristocrat, a churchman and a politician, as well as a poet; he advertises his familiarity with humanist thought in his verse, and also clearly counts leading scholars among his acquaintances; and he demonstrates his engagement with issues around classical learning, interpretation and the vernacular in his verse. His most significant poetic work is the Eneados, the first full translation of Virgil's Aeneid‚Äč into any variety of English, which he completed in 1513.

My first research question concerns Douglas's audience, both that envisaged by the authorial voice in the poem, and that witnessed by manuscript circulation, and whether it was equally significant outwith Scotland as within. My second research question asks how those audiences received humanist thought more generally, particularly in the dialogue between Latin and vernacular literatures.

At its broadest, my current research questions common British models of periodisation, specifically the divide between medieval and early modern (largely derived from English political history), and asks whether they represent the changes in intellectual culture. More narrowly, my research is concerned with the Scottish reception of humanist thought, and its intersection with the innovation of printing.

Past Research

My previous research has been diverse in its range and focus: I have written on Barbour's Bruce and Hary's Wallace, Scottish historiography from Walter Bower to John Bellenden, and the poetry of the court of James VI.

Future Research

I have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust fellowship, beginning September 2013, to pursue my work on Gavin Douglas.

  • NICOLA ROYAN, ed., 2013. Companion to Scottish Literature, 1400-1600 Association of Scottish Literary Studies. (In Press.)
  • ROYAN, N., 2012. The Scottish identity of Gavin Douglas. In: BRUCE, M.P. and TERRELL, K.H., eds., The Anglo-Scottish border and the shaping of identity, 1300-1600 Palgrave Macmillan. 195-209
  • NICOLA ROYAN, 2011. Everyday Life in the Histories of Scotland from Walter Bower to George Buchanan. In: COWAN, EDWARD J and HENDERSON LIZANNE, eds., A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000-1600 Edinburgh University Press. 185-95
  • ROYAN, N and MCKINLEY, K, eds., 2010. The Apparelling of Truth: Literature and Literary Culture in the Reign of James VI, a Festschrift for Roderick J. Lyall Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • ROYAN, N., 2010. The alliterative Awntyrs stanza in older scots verse. In: BURROW, J.A. and DUGGAN. H.N., eds., Medieval alliterative poetry: essays in honour of Thorlac Turville-Petre Four Courts Press. 185-194
  • ROYAN, NICOLA, 2010. Rebellion Under God: Judith in the Court of James VI. In: KEVIN J. MCGINLEY and N.ROYAN, eds., The Apparelling of Truth: Literature and Literary Culture in the Reign of James VI: A Festschrift for Roderick J. Lyall Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 94-104
  • ROYAN, N., 2009. A question of truth: Barbour's Bruce, Hary's Wallace and Richard Coer de Lion International Review of Scottish Studies. 34, 75-105
  • ROYAN, N, ed., 2007. Langage Cleir Illumynate: Scottish Poetry from Barbour to Drummond, 1375-1630 Rodopi.
  • ROYAN, N.R. and BROUN, D.E., 2006. Versions of Scottish Nationhood from c. 850-1707. In: CLANCY, T., PITTOCK, M., BROWN, I. and MANNING, S., eds., The Edinburgh history of Scottish literature 1: From Columba to the Union (until 1707). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 168-183
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2006. 'Mark your Meroure be Me': Richard Holland's Buke of the Howlat. In: BAWCUTT, P and WILLIAMS, J.H., eds., A Companion to medieval Scottish poetry Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. 49-62
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2006. Medieval Literature. In: HARRIS, B and MACDONALD, A.R., eds., The Scottish Nation: Origins to c. 1500 1. Dundee: Dundee University Press. 201-17
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2005. The fine art of faint praise in older Scots historiography. In: PURDIE, R. and ROYAN, N., eds., The Scots and medieval Arthurian legend Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. 43-54
  • ROYAN, N.R. and PURDIE, R., eds., 2005. The Scots and the Medieval Arthurian Legend Cambridge: D.S. Brewer.
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2005. Scottish literature. In: JOHNSON, D. AND TREHARNE, E., ed., Readings in medieval texts: interpreting Old and Middle English literature Oxford: Oxford University Press. 354-69
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2002. National Martyrdom in Northern Humanist Historiography Forum for Modern Language Studies. VOL 38(PART 4), 462-475
  • ROYAN, N.R. AND JOHNSON, I., ed., 2002. Scottish Texts, European Contexts: special issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies, 34(4) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2002. "Na les vailyeant than ony uthir princis of Britane": representations of Arthur in Scotland 1480-1540 Scottish Studies Review. 3(1), 9-20
  • ROYAN, N.R. and VAN HEIJNSBERGEN, T., eds., 2002. Literature, Letters and the Canonical: Studies in the Writings of Early Modern Scotland East Linton: Tuckwell Press.
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2001. Hector Boece and the question of Veremund Innes Review. 52(1), 42-62
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2000. The Uses of Speech in Hector Boece's Scotorum Historia. In: HOUWEN, L.A.J.R and MACDONALD, A.A. AND MAPSTONE, S.L., eds., A Palace in the Wild: Essays on Vernacular Culture and Humanism in Late-Medieval and Renaissance Scotland Leuven: Peeters. 75-93
  • ROYAN, N.R., 2000. Writing the Nation. In: HATTAWAY, M., ed., A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture Oxford: Blackwell. 699-708

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