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Lewis Beer


Senior Teaching Fellow

Research Interests

Medieval literature (especially fourteenth century), Boethius, the Roman de la rose, Guillaume de Machaut, John Gower, John Lydgate, Shakespeare; particular interests in medieval allegory, love poetry and didacticism.

Selected Publications


‘Woman’s Castle, Man’s Prison: the Fate of the Little Man in Borzage’s Early Sound Films’, in Rouben Mamoulian und Frank Borzage, ed. Armin Jäger (München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2012). Translated into German by the editor.

Translation (French to English): Anne-Hélène Allirot, ‘Longchamp and Lourcine: The Role of Female Abbeys in the Construction of Capetian Memory (Late-Thirteenth Century to Mid-Fourteenth Century)’, in Memory, Commemoration and Medieval France, ed. Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen and Mary Franklin-Brown (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).


‘Desire in a Good Mood: the Ambivalence of Hope in Machaut’s Remede de Fortune’, in Nottingham Medieval Studies 58 (2014).

'Review: Elizabeth Elliott, Remembering Boethius: Writing Aristocratic Identity in Late Medieval French and English Literatures (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)', in Medium Aevum 83:2 (2014).

‘The Tactful Genius: Abiding the End in the Confessio Amantis', in Studies in Philology 112 (2015).

‘Polarised Debates, Ambivalent Judgments: the Rose, the Confessio and the Jugement Behaigne’, in Machaut's Legacy: The Judgment Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature, ed. R. Barton Palmer and Burt Kimmelman (under contract with University Press of Florida).

'Readers and Authors in Chaucer's House of Fame', in New Casebooks: Medieval English Literature, ed. Martin Coyle and Beatrice Fannon (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).

Office hours

Monday 3-5 pm (H520)