Sarah Dunnigan

Senior Lecturer


After graduating in English and Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow, Sarah 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 ballads; children's literature; neomedievalism; and in the history of Scottish women's writing, and she has published in all these areas.


MA (Glasgow); PhD (Edinburgh)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-founder, SELCIE (Scotland's Early Literature for Children Initiative); Association for Scottish Literary Studies Council Member; Co-General Editor of SCROLL Scottish Cultural Review of Literature and Language) (Brill); Edinburgh University Press Committee member; former general co-editor of Scottish Literary Review


Undergraduate teaching

  • Fairy Tales
  • Falling in Love in the Middle Ages
  • Feminising the Word: Women and Literature c1100-c1500
  • Haunted Fictions: Scotland and the Supernatural
  • The Field Full of Folk

Postgraduate teaching

Fairy Tales (MSc option)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Past and present doctoral supervisions include medieval women's writing; fantasy, fairy and folktales from the medieval to the nineteenth century periods; children's literature; medieval and Renaissance Scottish literature; and I would be happy to hear from interested applicants in all these and related fields.

Current PhD students supervised

As 1st supervisor:

Lucy Hinnie (the querelle des femmes and the representation of women in the Bannatyne manuscript);

Anna McKay (representations of women weaving and St Veronica in medieval British literature)

Past PhD students supervised

As first supervisor:

Sara Hines (on Andrew Lang's fairy books);

Yuki Yoshino (fairies in c18th and c19th Scottish literature);

Phoebe Linton (female space and marginality in Le Morte Darthur)

Project activity

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