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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Ellie O'Shea

College: Saint Catharine’s college            


Supervisor: Dr. Miranda Griffin     

Research Topic: Legacies of violence in medieval Arthurian romance



After achieving a BA and an MA in English Studies from Durham University, Ellie joined the Cambridge University French department in 2019.



Broadly speaking, Ellie looks at representations of the violent past and of its after-effects in Arthurian romance. She is particularly interested in the ways in which different texts problematize the re-assimilation of these disjunctive, traumatic events into linear historical or narrative continuity. Her additional interests include: Genealogy, matrilineage and maternal figures, mourning in medieval literature, books and tombs, trauma theory, and Middle English romance.



Durham University Postgraduate Scholarship (2017) + International Arthurian Society Postgraduate Prize (2020)



Ellie currently holds a teaching position in the English department at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. She teaches a broad range of topics ranging from critical theory to Middle English poetry. She has lectured on Shakespeare’s history plays and on the works of the Pearl poet, and teach a seminar on literary translation.


Conference papers

2020: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Powers of Horror

2021: The Space of Trauma in Chrétien de Troyes’s Conte du Graal

2021: The Prose Merlin and the Arthurian Archive