Anna McKay

Thesis title: Textiles and Female Spirituality in Medieval English and Scottish Literature


Anna is a third year PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Dunnigan. Her research explores the significance of textiles as vessels for female devotional and artistic authority in the English and Scottish literature of the medieval period.


MScR English Literature (Distinction) - The University of Edinburgh

MA(Hons) English Literature (First Class) - The University of Edinburgh


Death and the Supernatural. The Third Annual Conference of Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society at the University of Edinburgh. 16 June 2017. Organiser.

Papers delivered

"Thread and Blood: Weaving Christ's Body in John Lydgate's Lyf of Our Lady." International Congress on Medieval Studies 2019, Western Michigan University. 9-12th May 2019.

"'blessedly clothed with gems of virtue': Clothing and Female Reclusion in The Life of Christina Markyate and The Life of Mary of Egypt." International Anchoritic Society Conference 2018, University of East Anglia. 27-29th June 2018.

"'There is no friend like a sister': Rewriting the Medieval Minstrelsy Tradition in Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market' and Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'." International Medieval Congress 2018, University of Leeds. 2nd-5th July 2018.

"Society's Cast-Offs: Material Culture and Female Reclusion in Medieval Hagiography." Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Symposium 2018: Alienation, Communication, Co-Existence, The University of Glasgow. 18th June 2018.

“The Veil of Veronica: the Imago Christi and Textile Culture in Anglo-Saxon Exeter." Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society Autumn Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh. 28th November 2016.