Cameron Cross (MA Hons, MScR)

Thesis title: Corpora Arcana: Investigating the Supernatural-Body Paradigm in Selected Old French and Middle High German Literature

Background

Having completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Edinburgh, Cameron is now continuing his research in French and German medieval literature. His research interests lie in the fields of Disability Studies, Supernatural Studies and the Medical Humanities.

Qualifications

MA (Hons) French and German- First Class with Distinction in Spoken French and German

MScR German Studies- Distinction

Undergraduate teaching

Cameron teaches on the following courses:

  • French 2 Literature
  • Researching Disability in German Literature and Society

Research summary

Cameron's PhD focuses on the supernatural dehumanisation of characters in Old French and Middle High German literature. He is particularly interested in how female and disabled bodies are affected by supernaturally-induced diseases. Other research interests include Disability in Grimms' Fairy Tales, the Old French and Middle High German Epic, mental health analysis in French and German short stories, the portrayal of mythical creatures in the Bestiary, and demonology.

Current research interests

This year's research interests include; the Old French Fabliaux and the short narrative works of der Stricker. Cameron's work will involve analysis of blindness and bodily harm due to wishing magic, and dehumanisation due to demonic possession in these texts.

Knowledge exchange

Cameron is a committee member of the Early Modern Network, which promotes a range of ideas and themes from the Early modern period.