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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Matt Lampitt

Junior Research Fellow
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Telephone number: 
01223 338703

St John's College



United Kingdom


Matt joined St John’s College as a Junior Research Fellow in October 2019. He studied French and German at Jesus College, Cambridge (2009-13), before completing his MA in French Literature and Culture (2013-14) and PhD in French (2015-19) at King’s College London, where he was supervised by Prof. Simon Gaunt and Prof. Julia Crick.

Research interests: 

Matt specialises in medieval literature in French, particularly from comparative, multilingual, and theoretical perspectives. Matt’s doctoral thesis explored the multilingual literary cultures of the medieval Welsh Marches from a new ‘networked’ perspective, developed through an engagement with the philosophy of Bruno Latour. He is currently preparing his PhD thesis for publication as a monograph, as well as working on a new project looking at (perhaps counter-intuitive) images of connectivity in medieval literature, with an initial chapter focussing on the Isle of Avalon.

Other research interests include: the troubadours, trobairitz, and literary culture of medieval Occitania; literary history; theoretical approaches to medieval literature (especially feminist, queer, psychoanalytic, and ecomaterialist).

Matt is particularly interested in initiatives for Widening Participation, and welcomes enquiries on that subject.

Published works: 


‘Man-Eaters: Cannibalism and Queerness in the Giant-Knight Encounters of the Historia Regum Britanniae, the Roman de Brut, and the Roman de Perceforest’, Exemplaria, 30.4 (2018): 316–336. doi:10.1080/10412573.2018.1503866

‘When Julia Met Jaufre: Encounters with Troubadour Lyric in the Work of Julia Kristeva’, Romance Studies, 36.3 (2018): 122–137. doi:10.1080/02639904.2018.1507295

‘Networking the March: A History of Hereford and its Region from the Eleventh through Thirteenth Centuries’, Journal of the Mortimer History Society, 1 (2017): 55–72.

Book Reviews

‘Joshua Byron Smith, Walter Map and the Matter of Britain (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)’, forthcoming in The Mediaeval Journal.

‘Helen J. Swift, Representing the Dead: Epitaph Fictions in Late-Medieval France (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016)’, The Mediaeval Journal, 7.1 (2018): 186–188. doi:10.1484/J.TMJ.5.115358


‘Ipomedon’, The Literary Encyclopedia, Vol. Old French to the Middle Ages, 5001400, eds Marianne Ailes, Tim Unwin, and David Williams. 2018.