Elaine Treharne, Professor
Primary Office: 460-327
At Stanford Since: 2012
Current Year's Courses:
PhD, University of Manchester, 1992
MA in Archive Administration, University of Liverpool, 1987
BA with Honors, University of Manchester, 1986
Visiting Professor, University of Leicester, UK
My main research interests are in Early English manuscripts--their materiality, contents and contexts of production and reception. I have published very widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. I was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project and ebook, 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220' (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/), which ran from 2005 to 2010, and I've recently written Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020 to 1220 (OUP, 2012). I'm also a textual editor, and among my work is Old and Middle English, c. 890-1450: An Anthology, 3rd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), a volume that freshly edits and translates many canonical and non-canonical texts; and The Old English Life of St Nicholas (Leeds, 1997). I've written about fifty articles, and edited or co-edited twenty or so books on Old and Middle English, and Medieval Manuscript Studies. The most recent collection I've published is The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English (OUP, 2010), which I co-edited with Professor Greg Walker. Together with Walker, I'm the General Editor of the OUP series, Oxford Textual Perspectives, which has just published its second volume, Literature and the Great War 1914-18 by Randall Stevenson. I'm also the General Editor of the English Association's long-standing Essays and Studies series.
My current projects focus on the materiality of the book and the long History of Text Technologies from the earliest times (c. 60,000BCE) to the present day. I research the hapticity and phenomenology of the Medieval book, and will be publishing The Sensual Book, 500-1200 based on this work. This involves analysing the ways in which the Medieval book demands human interaction, functions architextually (building on my theories of architextuality and plenitextuality), and encourages intervention from readers, whose annotations and contributions to the book are often overlooked as scholars tend to privilege the main 'text'. This research also extends, then, to a more modern period of the Medieval, and to the work of artists, including William Morris, Edward Johnston, Eric Gill and David Jones, and I'll be publishing on these figures in Beauty and the Book: Arts and Crafts to Modernism eventually. I am currently working on the Salisbury Manuscripts for the Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile series, and I am completing The Very Short Introduction to Medieval Literature (OUP, 2014). I'm also working on a new (short) book focused on Medieval Materiality and Culture, called Invisible Things.
Professionally, I am also a keen advocate and critic of the use of digital technologies in the classroom and in research; the ways in which we display manuscripts and employ palaeographical and codicological tools online are major areas of interest. I'm involved in a number of international projects that seek to investigate and develop new ways of exploring the rich Medieval cultures of the book, including the newly founded International Manuscript Technologies Forum. I am also keen to promote the Medieval in all areas of my work and to any interested audience, and I have been the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellow, a Princeton Procter Fellow, and I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and of the Royal Historical Society. I am a Trustee of the English Association (and its former Chair and President), a member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (and a former second Vice-President), and a committee member for the Old English Division of the MLA. I am also an enthusiastic journal editor, and I serve as Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, and for The Year's Work in English Studies, and for the OUP Oxford Bibliographies Online British and Irish Literature initiative.