Heather Blurton’s research and teaching interests are in the high Middle Ages (rather loosely interpreted as 950 – 1250) in England and France, particularly in literary responses to the Norman Conquest, the intersections of romance, hagiography and historiography, Jewish/Christian encounters and the medieval history of antisemitism, and medieval monsters. She is the author of three books – Cannibalism in High Medieval English Literature (Palgrave MacMillan 2007), The Critics and the Prioress: Antisemitism, Criticism, and Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale co-authored with Hannah R. Johnson (University of Michigan Press, 2017), and Inventing William of Norwich: Thomas of Monmouth, Antisemitism, and Literary Culture, 1150 – 1200 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022) – as well as the edited collections Rethinking the South English Legendaries, with Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and Bestsellers and Masterpieces: the changing medieval canon, with Dwight F. Reynolds. She is currently working on one book on the literary history of Richard the Lionheart and one book on ritual murder accusations, antisemitism, and biopolitics in the Middle Ages.
Prof. Blurton is also a faculty affiliate with the UCSB Comparative Literature Department and the Medieval Studies Program
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