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Kate Ash-Irisarri

Assistant Professor in Medieval & Early Modern English Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I was educated at the universities of Oxford and Manchester, completing a PhD in medieval English and Scottish literature. Having worked previously at Manchester, Liverpool Hope and Edinburgh, I joined Nottingham's English department in 2020.

Expertise Summary

BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Manchester)

My main areas of expertise are: Middle English literature; Older Scots; historical writing; history of emotions. I have a special interest in the cultivation of memory and emotions in pre-modern literature.

Teaching Summary

I teach across the medieval and early modern provision within the School of English. In semester 2 I will be teaching on the year 1 course, Beginnings of English.

Research Summary

I specialise in literature of the long fifteenth century; I am broadly interested in the interplay between cultural identity and literary production across a range of traditions, including discourses… read more

Recent Publications

  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2019. Scotland and Anglo-Scottish Border Writing. In: JENNIFER JAHNER, EMILY STEINER and ELIZABETH M. TYLER, eds., Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500-1500 Cambridge University Press.
  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2017. Mnemonic Frameworks in The Buke of the Chess. In: ALESSANDRA PETRINA and IAN JOHNSON, eds., The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing Medieval Institute Press.
  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2015. St Margaret and the Literary Politics of Scottish Sainthood. In: EVA VON CONTZEN and ANKE BERNAU, eds., Sanctity as Literature in Late Medieval Britain Manchester University Press.

Current Research

I specialise in literature of the long fifteenth century; I am broadly interested in the interplay between cultural identity and literary production across a range of traditions, including discourses of alterity, history of emotions and historical narrative.

My doctoral research stimulated an ongoing interest in questions concerning pre-modern understandings of remembrance and commemoration in the articulation of both individual and collective identities. I am currently writing a monograph that establishes new frameworks for understanding how medieval writers engaged with social, historical and literary politics through an examination of the extent to which memorial processes are fundamental to the construction of national identity in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

My research interests in memory has led to work on confession and the history of emotions. My next major project, and monograph, The Changing Faces of Melancholy, examines the extent to which pre-modern understandings of the condition are negotiated in the literature of late medieval and early modern Scotland.

  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2019. Scotland and Anglo-Scottish Border Writing. In: JENNIFER JAHNER, EMILY STEINER and ELIZABETH M. TYLER, eds., Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500-1500 Cambridge University Press.
  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2017. Mnemonic Frameworks in The Buke of the Chess. In: ALESSANDRA PETRINA and IAN JOHNSON, eds., The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing Medieval Institute Press.
  • KATE ASH-IRISARRI, 2015. St Margaret and the Literary Politics of Scottish Sainthood. In: EVA VON CONTZEN and ANKE BERNAU, eds., Sanctity as Literature in Late Medieval Britain Manchester University Press.

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