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Krista Murchison

University Lecturer

Dr. K.A. Murchison
+31 71 527 2978

Krista Murchison is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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My research centers around medieval England’s “popular” literature—those texts that were copied into a relatively large number of manuscripts, including chronicles and religious works. I explore the ways in which these texts developed, the ways in which they were experienced by their audiences, and what such lines of inquiry can tell us about how these texts functioned in medieval society. I am also interested in our own ways of experiencing these texts, including those opened up by digital media.

I have published on Middle English texts, including works by Chaucer, and Anglo-Norman texts, including Le Livere de Rei de Engleterre. In my doctoral dissertation, I explored medieval England’s literary tradition of manuals for penitents—texts such as Chaucer’s Parson’s Tale that address penitents preparing for confession and describe sins and other essentials of the faith. Approaching this tradition from a book history perspective, my dissertation showed that the development of these manuals promoted a widening range of reading practices and a shift toward private confessional education—one that came accompanied by significant tensions.

I am currently working on a digital TEI-encoded edition of one of the earliest surviving works of Anglo-Norman pastoralia, the twelfth-century “Effects of the Seven Sins.”

Curriculum vitae


2016 – Ph.D., English Literature, University of Ottawa
2010 – M.A., English Literature, University of Toronto
2009 – B.A. Hons, English and Creative Writing, Concordia University (Montreal)


Since 2016
Lecturer, Leiden University

Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa

Teaching Assistant, University of Ottawa

Selected Conference Papers

“User-Driven Digital Editions: Positing a New Tool for Teaching Middle English Texts in Survey Courses.” Digital Humanities Colloquium. Victoria, British Columbia. 1-5 June, 2015.

“Self-Examination Manuals in the Wake of the Fourth Lateran Council.” Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. 30 May-1 June, 2015.

“Regarde de plus haut”: Exemplary Religious Figures and the Late Medieval Readers of Ancrene Wisse.” Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress. Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, 24-26 May, 2014.

“The Role of Confession in the Transmission of Ancrene Wisse.” Anchorites in their Communities. 5th International Anchoritic Society Conference. Newtown, Wales, UK, 22-24 April, 2014.

“The Abduction and Rape of Dinah in Ancrene Wisse and its Patristic Sources.” Representing Rape in Medieval Literature. Northeast Modern Language Association. Harrisburg, Philadelphia, 3-6 April, 2014.

“'La Vie de Gent de Religion': Alterity in the Anglo-Norman Adaptation of Ancrene Wisse.” French Connections and Middle English Literature. International Medieval Congress. Leeds, UK, 7-10 July, 2013.

“‘In the End of this Pamphlet is a Certain Chronicle’: Community Formation in Trinity College Cambridge MS R.14.7 and Le Livere de Reis de Brittanie.” Books Have Their Histories: Medieval Chronicles and Their Scribes, Manuscripts, and Early Editions, in Memory of Lister M. Matheson. 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies.Kalamazoo, Michigan, 9-12 May, 2013.

“‘Grinding Sand to Leave the Wheat’: Domestic Imagery in Ancrene Wisse.” Gender in Material Culture. Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2013. Bath Spa University, UK, 4-6 Jan., 2013.

“Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 402 and the Anchoritic Audience.” Texts and Contexts Conference. Ohio State University, 26-27 Oct., 2012.

“«Ci falt la geste»: Early Medieval Genre and the Song of Roland.” Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress. University of Waterloo, 27-29 May, 2012.

Grants and awards

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus Essay Award 2015
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2014-2015
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2013-2014
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2012-2013
Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2010-2011
University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship 2010-2015

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.16


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