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Clare Davidson

Photograph of Clare DavidsonClare Hazel Davidson is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions and a Research Officer at The University of Western Australia. She has previously taught as a sessional lecturer and tutor in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia and at the Workers Education Association in Sydney. Her PhD in Medieval Studies (UWA, 2017) examined love, human nature and erotic attraction in fourteenth-century Middle English culture, with a focus on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and devotional guides. She is preparing a monograph on Middle English representations of the capacity to feel arousal in relation to medieval theories of love and the role of medieval love in the history of sexuality. She holds a first-class honours degree in History (The University of Melbourne, 2012) and is currently completing a JD at The University of Sydney. Her continuing research examines the criminal justice system, gender and sexuality in premodern Europe and political and legal medievalisms in Australia.



Reading Middle English Arousal in the Natural World


Davidson, C. ‘Chaucerian guilt and the Treatise on the AstrolabeThe Chaucer Review (special issue on The Ethical Challenge of Chaucerian Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century) 56.4 (2021) (forthcoming)

Davidson, C. ‘Reading in bed with Troilus and Criseyde’. The Chaucer Review 55.2 (2020): 147–70.

Davidson, C. 'For wele or woo”: lyrical negotiations of the Middle English heart'. In The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Meaning, Embodiment and Making, edited by K. Barclay and B. Reddan, pp. 113–28. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2020 (Published December 2019).

Davidson, C. ‘Erotic Devotion: Richard Rolle’s The Form of Living’. 'Festschrift in Honour of Philippa Maddern', special issue of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies 20.3 (2015): 1–13.

Reviews and Online

Davidson, C. and B. Johnstone. ‘“I wanted it to be a comedy”: The Saintliness of Margery Kempe’. Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 October 2018.

Davidson, C. H. ‘Ecosexual Bathhouse’ and The Parliament of Fowls: Part One’. CHE Histories of Emotion blog, 28 April 2017.

Davidson, C. H. ‘Ecosexual Bathhouse’ and The Parliament of Fowls: Part Two'.  CHE Histories of Emotion blog, 5 May 2017.