Kate Ash-Irisarri

Teaching Fellow in Late Medieval to Early Modern Literature

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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I read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where I was awarded a Wade-White Exhibition in English in 2003. I returned to the north west of England to complete an MA and PhD in medieval literature at the University of Manchester. Before joining Edinburgh in 2017, I previously worked at the universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool Hope. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Editor: Scottish Literature and Culture volume of The Literary Encyclopedia www.litencyc.com

Reviewer: Older Scots section of The Year’s Work in English Studies https://ywes.oxfordjournals.org

I am a member of the Early English Text Society and a committee member of the Sir David Lyndsay Society.



Undergraduate teaching

My teaching expertise lies in literature written between about 1350 and 1650.

In 2017-18, I will be teaching:

Pre-honours: English Literature 1

Honours: Field Full of Folk; Saints and Sinners, Early Modern Comedy; Shakespeare: Modes and Genres

Research summary

My primary research interests lie in the literary cultures of medieval England and Scotland, with a particular focus on memory, emotion, and the politics of personal and collective identities.

I am currently writing a book on memory and articulations of Scottish identity between 1350 and 1550. Examining historical writing and commemorative poetry, this project traces the ways in which Scottish writers signal a particular concern with memory and the remembrance of Scottish history as a basis for exploring communal identity.

I also have interests in medievalism – the use made of the medieval past in subsequent periods – particularly in late twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture, and book history.

Past research interests

I have recently published on the poetry of Sir David Lyndsay as well as the political uses of sanctity in chronicle narratives of St Margaret of Scotland.