Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn Happenings

Illustration from the fourteenth-century Tacuina Sanitatis
It's been a while since I have written a blog post, largely because I have been busy with all kinds of things which have been going on.

The most significant recent event was that I submitted my PhD thesis. Finally, after four years of work, it is finished, printed and handed in. I have shared some parts of the thesis on this blog and plan to share more over the coming weeks as I revisit it in preparation for my viva.

I have also been busy with co-chairing the Fourth International Conference on Popular Romance Studies which was held in York from 27-29 September. The conference went brilliantly, and has been written about by others here and here. I gave a paper on abduction in sheikh romance and the Middle English romance Octavian, which I plan to post up here in the not too distant future.