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Sarah DunniganSarah Dunnigan

Senior Lecturer

S.M.Dunnigan@ed.ac.uk

+44 (0) 131 650 8304

7.11 David Hume Tower

Outline Biography

After graduating in English and Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow, Dr Sarah Dunnigan completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh where she went on to hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for three years. She was appointed to a lectureship at Edinburgh in 2002. Her main teaching and research interests lie in medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Scottish; in fairy tales and traditional literature; and Scottish women writers. Sarah is co-editor (with Margery Palmer McCulloch) of the journal Scottish Literary Review, and a General Editor of the Scroll (Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature) series, published by Rodopi Press (Amsterdam).

Research Interests

Sarah's main teaching and research interests lie in medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Scottish; in fairy tales and traditional literature; Scottish women's writing; and the history of Scottish children's literature. She has published in all these areas, and most recently has co-edited, with Suzanne Gilbert of Stirling University, The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures (2013), and edited Violet Jacob’s 1904 collection of children's fairy tales, The Golden Heart and other stories (2011).

At present, Sarah is part of a three-year Leverhulme funded project on women's poetry in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland 1400-1800, led by Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth), with Cathryn Charnell-White (Aberystwyth), Kate Mathis (Aberystwyth), and Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway).

She is currently completing a book on fairies and fairy tales from the medieval to Romantic period in Scotland, and co-editing an essay collection on nineteenth-century Scottish children's literature, with Shu-Fang Lai.


Sarah would be happy to hear from potential research students interested in any of these areas:

  • Scottish medieval and Renaissance literature; medieval and Renaissance women writers;
  • fairy tales;
  • Scottish traditional literature, including the relationship between traditional belief and cultural history;
  • Scottish children's literature.

Research activity

Sarah is a co-investigator on a project, led by Professor Sarah Prescott at Aberystwyth University in collaboration with Cathryn Charnell-White (Aberystwyth), Kate Mathis (Aberystwyth), and Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway), on women’s poetry in English, Irish, Scots, Scots Gaelic and Welsh 1400-1800. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust, this new project will be the first comparative study of women’s poetry in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in this period. The project will produce an edited anthology of selected poems (translated into English where necessary) and a volume of critical essays.  A website, blog, and twitter feed devoted to the project are coming soon (http://www.womenspoetry.aber.ac.uk).

Sarah is co-editor (with Margery Palmer McCulloch) of the journal Scottish Literary Review [Website], and a General Editor of the SCROLL (Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature) series, published by Rodopi Press (Amsterdam) [Website].

Publications

Publications list for Sarah Dunnigan

Supervision

Projects supervised by Sarah Dunnigan

Teaching

  • Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature;
  • Falling in Love in the Middle Ages;
  • Fairy Tales;
  • Feminising the Word: Women and Literature c1100-c1500

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