Medieval Literature



Senior Research and Teaching Assistant

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Dr Sarah Brazil received her BA and MA from University College Dublin. She holds a PhD from the University of Geneva in Medieval English Literature, written under the supervision of Professor Guillemette Bolens. She is currently in the process of preparing a monograph for the series Early Drama, Art and Music (Medieval Institute Publications). This work considers the use of clothing in literary and theological texts as a mechanism for exploring various facets of embodiment. Research interests include embodiment, cognition, clothing in medieval literature, Early English drama, humour.


Books and Monographs

  • The Corporeality of Clothing in Medieval Literature (Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University, forthcoming)

Journal Articles

  • ‘Performing the Female Body: Gender Complexity and the Visitatio Sepulchri, Medieval Feminist Forum, Special Issue, Women’s Arts of the Body, ed. by Irina Dimitrescu (Under Review)
  • ‘Is Imitation always Imitation? The Case of the Visitatio Sepulchri, European Medieval Drama 20 (2017)(Brepols)
  •  ‘Doctrinal Orthodoxy and the Dramatic in Liturgical and Secular English Drama’, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature, ed. by Elisabeth Dutton and James McBain (Narr publications, 2015)
  •  ‘The Codification of Heraldry in Middle English Arthurian Texts’, Coat of Arms, X.I, ed. by Clive Cheesman (The Heraldry Society, 2014)

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Materiality of Metaphors: Why the Affect Needs Shoes in the Doctrine of the Hert’, in Emotions and Medieval Media, ed. by Mary C. Flannery (forthcoming)
  • ‘Drama’, in A Cultural History of Emotions in the Medieval Age: 350-1300, ed. by Clare Monagle and Juanita Feros Ruys (Bloomsbury: forthcoming)
  • ‘The Body’, co-authored with Guillemette Bolens, in A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age, Volume 2, ed. by Sarah Grace Heller (Berg publications, 6 Volumes, Series Editor Susan J. Vincent, 2016)

Book Reviews

  • Nicole D. Smith, Sartorial Strategies: Outfitting Aristocrats and Fashioning Conduct in Late Medieval Literature (Notre Dame, Ind: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012), in H France Vol. 15.185, 2015.


  • Société Internationale de Théâtre Médiéval (SITM), Durham, 2016, ‘Imitation in the Visitatio Sepulchri’.
  • Emotion and Medieval Culture, University of Lausanne, 2015, ‘Why the Affect Needs Shoes in Late Medieval Devotional Texts’.
  • The Economies of English, SAUTE Biennial Conference, 2015, ‘Buying Back Grace: The Economics of Redemption’.
  • SAMEMES Triennial International Conference, University of Fribourg, 2015,  ‘Doctrinal Orthodoxy and the Dramatic in Liturgical and Secular English Drama’
  • Le corps féminin dans tous ses états, Association des Jeunes Chercheurs Médiévistes de l’UNIGE & CUSO, University of Geneva, 2014, ‘Affording and Denying Access to the Virgin’s Body in Madonna Lactans Iconography’.
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2013, ‘Clothing and the Postlapsarian Body in Early English Drama’.


  • Alexandra Johnston Prize for graduate research paper entitled ‘Clothing and the Postlapsarian Body in Early English Drama’, delivered at Kalamazoo May 2013.



Medieval Literature