Stephanie Downes

Dr Stephanie Downes is postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney, awarded in 2010. In 2010, she was awarded a British Academy Visiting Scholarship at Queen Mary, University of London, and in 2011, she was the recipient of a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library, San Marino. She was appointed to a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne in 2012. In 2015, Stephanie began a second fellowship with the Centre at Melbourne, working on a project titled Textual Expressions: Reading the Face in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture.

In addition to her work on the expressive potential of the face textual cultures pre-1600, Stephanie is currently completing a monograph on the reception of writing by Christine de Pizan in England from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Since 2012, her work with the Centre has explored aspects of bilingualism, gender, and emotional expression in literary texts, manuscript culture and reading practices in England and France during the fifteenth century, and the emotions of war during the late medieval and early modern periods.

She has taught undergraduate courses at the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney and ACU; the Université de Paris VII; and Queen Mary, University of London. She co-designed and convened a postgraduate course on “The History of Emotions” at the University of Melbourne in 2012 and 2013. 

In December 2012 Stephanie founded the Centre’s blog, Histories of Emotion, which showcases work by Centre researchers and associates.

Contact

stephanie.downes@unimelb.edu.au
The University of Melbourne Staff Profile

Research

Feeling in French in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

The Emotions in Medieval War Literature

Publications

Edited Journal Issue

Downes, S. and S. J. Trigg, eds. ‘Facing Up to the History of Emotions’. Special issue postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 8.1 (2017).

Journal Articles

‘“Iclosid Art with Stoon”: Charles of Orleans’ Imprisonment Poetics’. Parergon 34.2 (2017): 49-71. In Press.

‘Facing Up to the History of Emotions’. postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 8.1 (2017): 3‒11. Co-authored with Stephanie J. Trigg, 2017.

‘The History of Emotions and Middle English Literature,’ Literature Compass, 113. doi:10.1111/lic3.12318. Co-authored with Rebecca F. McNamara, 2016.

‘Chaucer in Nineteenth-Century France,’ 49(3), 352370. doi:10.1353/cr.2015.0005, 2015.

‘Anglo-Norman in Exile: The Early Critical Reception of Piers Langtoft’s Chronicle,’ The Mediaeval Journal, 4(4), 103122. Co-authored with Helen Young, 2014.

‘Chaucer and his French Readers: Eighteenth-Century Copies in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France,’ Notes and Queries, October, doi: 10.1093/notesj/gjt209, 2013.

‘Thomas Hoccleve’s Letter of Cupid and “Martir Margarete”,’ Notes and Queries, April, doi: 10.1093/notesj/gjr045, 2011.

‘Fashioning Christine de Pizan in Tudor Defences of Women,’ Parergon 23.1 (2006): 7192, 2016.

Edited Collections
Downes, S., A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, eds. Writing War in Britain and France: A History of Emotions. Routledge, forthcoming 2018.
Hardcover; 9780198802648; ebook (preorder).]

Downes, S., A. Lynch and K. O’Loughlin, eds. Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Book Chapters

‘Reading French in England,’ Spaces for Reading: Medieval and Early Modern Textuality, ed. Carrie Griffin and Mary Flannery. Palgrave, New Middle Ages Series, pp. 6378, 2016.

‘French Feeling: Language, Sex and Identity in Henry V,’ in Shakespeare and the Emotions, eds Mark Houlahan, Katrina O’Loughlin and R. S. White. Palgrave, History of Emotions Series, pp. 5968, 2015.

‘“How to be Both”: Bilingual Emotions and Balade Sequences in Late Medieval England,’ in Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Palgrave, History of Emotions Series, pp. 5165, 2015.

‘“Je Hé Guerre”: War and Peace in the Prison Poetry of Charles of Orleans,’ in War and Emotion: Medieval to Romantic Literature, ed. Downes, Lynch and O’Loughlin. Palgrave, History of Emotions Series, pp. 6076, 2015.

‘War as Emotion: Cultural fields of Contact and Feeling,’ in War and Emotion: Medieval to Romantic Literature, ed. Downes, Lynch and O’Loughlin. Palgrave, History of Emotions Series, pp. 123. Co-authored with Lynch and O’Loughlin, 2015.

‘After Deschamps: Chaucer’s French Fame,’ Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception, eds Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, pp. 12742, 2015.

‘Manuscript and Print: The Livre du corps de policie in Sixteenth-Century England,’ in Christine de Pizan: La scrittrice e la città, L'écrivaine et la ville, The Woman Writer and the City, ed. Patrizia Caraffi (Florence: Alinea, 2013), pp. 14151, 2013.

‘A ‘Frenche booke called the Pistill of Othea’: Christine de Pizan’s French in England,’ in Language and Culture in Medieval Britain: The French of England c.11001500, eds Jocelyn Wogan-Browne et al (York: York Medieval Press/Boydell & Brewer, 2009), pp. 759-80, 2009.

‘Debating Christine de Pizan in Victorian England,’ Desireuse de plus avant enquerre… Actes du VIe Colloque International sur Christine de Pizan, eds Liliane Dulac et al (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2008), pp. 37384, 2008.

Research Fellowships and Awards

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (current), Centre of Excellence the History of Emotions, 20152018.

Bloomfield Visiting Fellow Scholarship, Department of English, Harvard University, 2014.

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne, 20122015.

Mayer’s Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, LA, 2011.

British Academy Visiting Scholarship, sponsoring institution: Queen Mary, University of London, 20102011.

University of Sydney, Department of French Studies Postgraduate Exchange Scholarship, held at the Université de Paris VII Denis Diderot, France, 2005.

Australian Postgraduate Award Holder, 20042008.

Professional Organisations

Committee Member, Australia and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society (ANZAMEMS)

Ménestrel: Medievalists on the Map

The Early Book Society

The New Chaucer Society

The Christine de Pizan Society