Research Stream

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch is Director of the Centre, and a Chief Investigator whose research contributes to the Meanings Program. His research project, ‘The Emotions of War in Medieval Literature’, involves a study of the emotions/passions as represented in the medieval literature of war and peace, covering English, French and Latin materials from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, with a further interest in modern medievalism’s reception and re-imagination of this material. The determinants of emotional life in medieval war and combat literature  – whether in epic, history, romance, manual, treatise or moral reflection – are multiple and complex, since the emotions are an area of medieval thought where many discourses overlap, including the traditions of virtue, vice and sin, physiological, psychological and medical notions, and class- and gender-based ideologies. Classical and Christian authorities also provide a strong ethical context for medieval reading and representation of war, one which is sometimes forgotten in understandings of the ‘heroic’ or aristocratic masculine ethos. Medieval war writing is a trove of surprising emotional connections, for instance between melancholy and aggression, cowardice and ill will, or pity and ambition.


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Research Project

The Emotions of War in Medieval Literature

Selected Publications

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch, eds. 'Feeling for the Premodern', special issue, Exemplaria 30.3 (2018).

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch. ‘Introduction: Feeling for the Premodern’. Exemplaria 30.3 (2018): 183–90.

Lynch, A., and P. Beasley. ‘Malory, Sir Thomas’. In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, edited by S. Echard and R. Rouse, pp. 1254–62. 4 vols. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017.

Barclay, K., and A. Lynch, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.1 (2017).

Barclay, K., and A. Lynch, eds. Emotions: History, Culture, Society 1.2 (2017).

Lynch, A. ‘Emotional Community’. In Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, edited by S. Broomhall, pp. 3‒6. London and New York: Routledge, 2017 .

Lynch, A. ‘War, Church, Empire and the Medieval in British Histories for Children’. In The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, edited by B. Bildhauer and C. Jones, pp. 87–101. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Lynch, A. ‘Post-Colonial Studies’. In Handbook of Arthurian Romance: King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature, edited by L. Tether and J. McFadyen, pp. 297–310. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017.

Lynch, A. ‘Medievalism and the Ideology of War’. In The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism, edited by L. D’Arcens, pp. 135–50. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘“he nas but seven yeer olde”: Emotions in Boy Martyr Legends of Later Medieval England’. In Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe, edited by K. Barclay, K. Reynolds and C. Rawnsley, pp. 25‒44. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘Dialogic History: Walter Scott’s Medieval Voices’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 7.2 (2016): 285‒88.

Lynch, A. ‘Positive Emotions in Arthurian Romance: Introduction’. Journal of the International Arthurian Society 4.1 (2016): 53‒57.

Lynch, A. ‘“With face pale”: Melancholy Violence in John Lydgate's Troy and Thebes’.  In Representing War and Violence, 1250‒1600, edited by J. Bellis and L. Slater, pp. 79‒94. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘Magna Carta: The View from Popular Culture’. In Proceedings of a Symposium Held by the Department of the Senate and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of the Magna Carta, edited by P. Waring, pp. 95‒105. Canberra: Department of the Senate, 2016.

Lynch, A. ‘“… another comfort”: virginity and emotion in Measure for Measure. In Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies, edited by R. White, K. O'Loughlin and M. Houlahan. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Lynch, A. ‘"What cheer?" Emotion and Action in the Arthurian World’. In Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature: Body, Mind, Voice, edited by F. Brandsma, C. Larrington and C. Saunders. Boydell and Brewer, 2015 (paperback 2018).

Lynch, A. ‘Good knights and holy men: reading the virtue of soldier-saints in medieval literary genres’. In Sanctity as Literature in Late Medieval Britain, edited by E. von Contzen and A. Bernau. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.

Lynch, A. '"Simply to amuse the reader”: The Humor of Walter Scott's Reformation’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 5.2 (2014): ‘Comic Medievalism’. (Ed) L. D’Arcens.

D’Arcens, L. and A. Lynch, eds. International Medievalism and Popular Culture. New York: Cambria Press, 2014.

Lynch, A. ‘Poetry and confessing: Francis Webb, Vincent Buckley and the Case of Cardinal Mindszenty’. In Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935–2010, edited by T. Dalziell and P. Genoni, pp. 17380. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013. ISBN 9781921867460.

Lynch, A. 'Animated Conversations in Nottingham: Disney’s Robin Hood (1973)'. In Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture, edited by G. Ashton and D. T. Kline. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Lynch, A. 'Genre, Bodies and Power in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: King Horn, Havelok, and the South English Legendary'. In The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108. The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative, edited by K. K. Bell and J. N. Couch, pp. 17796. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

D’Arcens, L., A. Lynch and S. Trigg, eds. Australian Literary Studies 26.2, 2011 (published in 2012). Special issue: 'Medievalism, Colonialism, Nationalism'.

Lynch, A. 'King Arthur in Marvellous Melbourne: W. M. Akhurst's "burlesque extravaganzas"'. Australian Literary Studies 26.2 (2011):3653 (published 2012). Special issue: 'Medievalism, Colonialism, Nationalism'.

Dell, H., L. D'Arcens and A. Lynch, eds. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.2 (2011).  Special issue: 'The Medievalism of Nostalgia'.

D'Arcens, L., A. Lynch and S. Trigg, eds. 'Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism: Introduction'. Australian Literary Studies 26.34 (2011):15.

Lynch, A. 'Nostalgia and Critique: Walter Scott's "secret power"'. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2.2 (2011): 20115.

Selected Presentations

Keynote Lecture: ‘Literary Genres and Ideas of Periodisation in the History of Emotions’, Third International CHE conference, ‘The Future of Emotions: Conversations Without Borders’, UWA, 14–15 June 2018.