Scholarship

My research speciality is thirteenth- and fourteenth-century literature that looks back at the Anglo-Saxon period and the Viking Age, with a particular interest in social justice, torture, brutality, law, and medicine.

Over the course of my academic career, I have focused on the legends of women saints and the impact of hagiography on medieval society, including the use and depictions of torture in medieval literature. My book Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature (2012) challenges modern misconceptions about torture and brutality through detailed literary and cultural analysis, and explains the implications of this analysis in understanding medieval literature and culture. I have edited collected volumes on various aspects of medieval punishment and violence, and I recently collaborated with Prof. Kelly DeVries on a volume about wounds and wound repair in the Middle Ages. My conference papers range from the study of torture to the history and provenance of Middle English English manuscripts; from gender and transgression in the Old French fabliaux to rethinking religious syncretism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I have published articles in Traditio, Arthuriana, Florilegium, and the Journal of the Early Book Society.

Linguistic Skills

Medieval: Old English, Middle English, Old French, Old Norse/Icelandic, Old Irish, Middle Irish, Latin, Middle Welsh, and History of the English Language
Modern: French (5 years), Spanish (2 years), Japanese (2 years), Russian (1 semester)

Research/Teaching Interests

Old English/Middle English Language and Literature, Old Norse/Icelandic Literature, Celtic Literature, Old French Fabliaux, Chaucer, Hagiography, Feminist/Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Justice and Law, Violence and Obscenity in Medieval Literature, Medieval Romance, Monstrosity, Medieval Medicine and Law, J.R.R. Tolkien, Medievalism, Early Biblical Texts, Codicology, Paleography, Manuscript Transmission, and History of the English Language.

Publications

Books: Monographs, Editions, and Edited Volumes

  • Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2012; Re-released in paperback, e-book and Kindle, 2015) Amazon.com
    Review: An ugly subject, but one that needs to be treated thoroughly and comprehensively, with a discreet wit and no excessive relish. These needs are richly satisfied in Larissa Tracy’s bold and important book. DEREK PEARSALL, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.
  • Women of the Gilte Legende : A Selection of Middle English Saints’ Lives. The Library of Medieval Women, (London: D.S. Brewer, 2003). Paperback (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2012) Amazon.com
    Review: (The author) is to be commended for her effort to make these important and interesting legends accessible to a wider audience. ANGLIA
  • Flaying in the Premodern World: Practice and Representation, ed. Larissa Tracy (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017) Amazon.com
  • Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, ed. Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries (Leiden: Brill, 2015) Amazon.com
  • Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Larissa Tracy (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013). Amazon.com
  • Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination (Medieval and Renaissance Authors), edited by Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey (Leiden Brill, 2012)
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  • Murder Most Foul: Medieval and Early Modern Homicide (submitted, under consideration with D.S. Brewer)

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

  • Tracy, Larissa. “Face Off: Flaying and Identity in Medieval Romance,” in Flaying in the Premodern World: Practice and Representation, ed. Larissa Tracy (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017): 322–48.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “The Genesis of Academic Editing: Applying the Process to Critical Editions, Journals, and Volumes,” Textual Cultures 9.2 (2015): 46–51.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “Wounded Bodies: Kingship, National Identity, and Illegitimate Torture in the English Arthurian Tradition.” Arthurian Literature 32 (2015): 1–29.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “‘Into the hede, throw the helme and creste’: Head Wounds and a Question of Kingship in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur,” in Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, ed. Larissa Tracy and Kelly DeVries (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 496–518. Finalist for the International Arthurian Society (North American Branch) James Randall Leader Essay Prize (2015).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “‘Al defouleden is holie bodi’: Castration, the Sexualization of Torture and Anxieties of Identity in the South English Legendary,” in Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages, ed. Larissa Tracy (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013): 87–107.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “‘For Our dere Ladyes sake’: Bringing the Outlaw in from the Forest—Robin Hood, Marian, and Normative National Identity,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture (EIRC) 38 (Summer & Winter 2012): 35–66. Winner of the Fields Award for Best Essay (2012).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “‘So he smote of hir hede by myssefortune’: The Real Price of the Beheading Game in SGGK and Malory,” in Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination. Ed. Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey (Leiden: Brill, 2012): 207–231.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “The Middle English Life of Saint Dorothy in Trinity College, Dublin MS 319: Origins, parallels, and its relationship to Osbern Bokenham’s Legendys of Hooly Wummen,Traditio, 62: 259–284 (2007).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “A Knight of God or the Goddess?: Rethinking Religious Syncretism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,Arthuriana, 17.3: 31–55 (Fall 2007).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “The Comic Uses of Torture and Violence in the Fabliaux: When Comedy Crosses the Line,” Florilegium 23.2 (2006): 143-68.
  • Tracy, Larissa. “Torture Narrative: The Imposition of Medieval Method on Early Christian Texts.” Journal of the Early Book Society, vol. 7: 33–50 (New York: Pace University Press, 2004).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “British Library MS Harley 630: John Lydgate and St Albans.” Journal of the Early Book Society, vol. 3: 36–58 (New York: Pace University Press, 2000).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “Wounds and Wound Repair: The Medieval Literary Surgeon in Text and Cultural Tradition,” in The Proceedings of the International Symposium on Soldiers and Surgeons from Antiquity through the Crusades (Oxford: University of Salzburg and Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “‘Mordre wol out’: Murder, Torture and Punishment in Chaucer,” in Murder Most Foul: Medieval and Early Modern Homicide, ed. Larissa Tracy (submitted, under consideration with D.S. Brewer).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “Charlemagne, King Arthur and Contested National Identity in ‘English’ Romances,” in Cross-Cultural Charlemagne: Envisioning Empire in Medieval Europe, ed. Jace Stuckey (Leiden: Brill, in process).
  • Tracy, Larissa. “Peace Weaving and Gold Giving: Anglo Saxon Queenship in Havelok the Dane,” in Anglo-Saxon Predecessors and Precedents, ed. Brian O’Camb and Jay Paul Gates (Leiden: Brill, in process).

Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

Reviews

  • Decker, John R. and Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, eds. Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300–1650, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. Pp. 264. The Sixteenth Century Journal 47.2 (Summer 2016): 449–51.
  • Beecher, Donald, Travis DeCook, Andrew Wallace, and Grant Williams, eds. Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. Pp. 315. The Sixteenth Century Journal 47.2 (Summer 2016): 527–9.
  • Marchant, Alicia. The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles by Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2014. Pp. 273. The Sixteenth Century Journal 47.1 (Spring 2016): 278–80.
  • Kirkham, Anne and Cordelia Warr, eds. Wounds in the Middle Ages. The History of Medicine in Context. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. 254. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 28 (2015): 407–9.
  • Hundahl, Kerstin, Lars Kjær, and Niels Lund, eds. Denmark and Europe in the Middle Ages, c. 1000–1525: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael H. Gelting. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. Pp. 292. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 28 (2015): 399–401.
  • Brett, Martin and David A. Woodman, eds. The Long Twelfth-Century View of the Anglo-Saxon Past, edited by Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. Pp. 423. Eolas 9 (2016): 91–4.
  • Miller, William Ian, ‘Why is Your Axe Bloody?’ A Reading of Njáls Saga. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xx, 334. Speculum 91.1 (Jan. 2016):1–2.
  • Santing, Catrien, Barbara Baert, and Anita Traninger. Disembodied Heads in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture 28. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Pp. 311. Renaissance Quarterly 67.3 (Fall 2014): 1059–60.
  • Sigur∂sson, Jón Vi∂ar and Timothy Bolton, eds. Celtic-Norse Relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800–1200. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 223. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 8 (2015): 161–63.
  • Dwyer, Finbar. Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome: Life in Medieval Ireland. Dublin: New Island, 2013, pp. 226. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies 8 (2015): 147–49
  • Roach, Andrew P. and James R. Simpson, eds. Heresy and the Making of European Culture: Medieval and Modern Perspectives. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013, pp. 484. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 27 (2014): 206–9.
  • Mittman, Asa Simon, ed. with Peter J. Dendle. The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 558. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 27 (2014): 234–6.
  • Barber, Richard. Edward III and the Triumph of England. London: Allen Lane, 2013. Pp. 650. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 27 (2014): 403–5. 
  • Lewis, Katherine J. Kingship and Masculinity in Late Medieval England. London: Routledge, 2013. Pp. 284. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 27 (2014): 435–7.
  • Turner, Wendy J. and Sarah M. Butler, eds. Medicine and Law in the Middle Ages. Medieval Law and its Practice 17. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 378. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 27 (2014): 477–9.
  • Fletcher, Alan J., The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks. (Cursor Mundi 14.) Turnhout: Brepols, 2012. Pp. x, 304. Speculum 89.1 (January 2014).
  • Dubin, Nathaniel E., trans. The Fabliaux: A New Verse Translation. New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013. Pp. 982. Textual Cultures 8.1 (2013): 119-121.
  • Yeager, R.F. and Toshiyuki Takamiya, eds. The Medieval Python: The Purposive and Provocative Work of Terry Jones. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. Pp. 265. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 331-3.
  • Vallerani, Massimo. Medieval Public Justice. Trans. Sarah Rubin Blanshei. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, 9. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. Pp. 380. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 321–3.
  • Walter, Katie L., ed. Reading Skin in Medieval Literature and Culture. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 225. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 325–7.
  • Flannery, Mary C. and Katie Walter, eds. The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England. Westfield Medieval Studies 4. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013. Pp. 194. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 422­–4.
  • Wisnovsky, Robert, Faith Wallis, Jamie C. Fumo, and Carlos Fraenkel, eds. Vehicles of Transmission, Translation, and Transformation in Medieval Textual Culture. Cursor Mundi. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011. Pp. 433. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 329–31.
  • Terry-Fritsch, Allie and Erin Felicia Labbie, eds. Beholding Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Visual Culture in Early Modernity. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. Pp. 269. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 26 (2013): 399–401.
  • Oosterwijk, Sophie and Stephanie Knöll, eds., Mixed Metaphors: The Danse Macabre in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2011. Pp. 449. The Medieval Journal 3.2 (2013): 12–14.
  • McGowan-Doyle, Valerie. The Book of Howth: Elizabethan Conquest and the Old English. Togher, Cork: Cork University Press, 2011. 206 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 44.2 (Summer 2013): 506–7.
  • Mitchell, Stephen A. Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2011, pp. 368. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 25 (2012): 255–257.
  • van Dussen, Michael. From England to Bohemia: Heresy and Communication in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012. Pp. 217. Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research 25 (2012): 562–564.
  • Minnis, Alastair. Fallible Authors: Chaucer’s Pardoner and Wife of Bath. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, 510 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 43.3 (Winter 2012): 918–919.
  • Boeckl, Christine M. Images of Leprosy: Disease, Religion, and Politics in European Art. Early Modern Studies 7. Kirksville, Mo.: Truman State University Press, 2011. 234 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 43.3 (Winter 2012): 902–904.
  • Biller, Peter, Caterina Bruschi and Shelagh Sneddon, eds. Inquisitors and Heretics in Thirteenth-Century Languedoc: Edition and Translation of Toulouse Inquisition Depositions 1273-1282. Studies in the History of Christian Traditions 147. Leiden: Brill, 2011. 1088 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 43.2 (Summer 2012).
  • Briggs, Charles F. The Body Broken: Medieval Europe 1300-1520. London and New York: Routledge, 2011. 350 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 4.1 (Summer 2012): 15–20. http://oenach.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/oenach-reviews-4-1-2012/
  • Monson, Craig A. Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art and Arson in the Convents of Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 241 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 43.1 (Spring 2012): 287–8.
  • Minnis, Alastair and Rosalynn Voaden, eds. Medieval Holy Women in the Christian Tradition c. 1100–1500. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2010. 748 pages. Medieval Feminist Forum, Journal of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, 47. 1 (2011): Available at: http://ir.uiowa.edu/mff/vol47/iss1/9.
  • Finan, Thomas, ed. Medieval Lough Cé: History, Archaeology and Landscape. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. 185 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 3.2 (Fall 2011): 35–41.
  • Duffy, Seán, ed. Medieval Dublin X. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. 326 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 3.2 (Fall 2011): 28–34.
  • Manning, Patricia W. Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain: Inquisition, Social Criticism and Theology in the Case of El Criticón. Leiden: Brill. 2009. 323 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 42. 3 (Fall 2011).
  • Conrad O’Briain, Helen and Julie Anne Stevens, eds. The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010. 288 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 3.1 (Summer 2011): 37–42.
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  • McCormack, Frances. Chaucer and the Culture of Dissent: The Lollard Context and Subtext of the Parson’s Tale. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press 2007. 250 pages. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Vol. 4 (2010): 124-7.
  • Oakley-Brown, Liz and Louise J. Wilkinson, eds. The Rituals and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press. 2009. 287 pages. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Vol. 4 (2010): 130-3.
  • Finke, Laurie A. and Martin B. Shichtman. Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 445 pages. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, 58.4 (2010): 400-403.
  • Saunders, Clare Broome. Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 230 pages. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, 58.4 (2010): 400-403.
  • Preston-Matto, Lahney, trans. and ed., Aislinge Meic Conglinne: The Vision of Mac Conglinne. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010. Oenach Reviews, The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 2.2 (Winter 2010): 11–13. http://oenach.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/oenach-reviews-2-2-2010/
  • Herron, Thomas and Michael Potterton, eds. Ireland in the Renaissance c. 1540–1660. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, 2007, 384 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 41.2 (Summer 2010).
  • Williamson, Arthur H. Apocalypse Then: Prophecy & the Making of the Modern World. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2008. 353 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 41.1 (Spring 2010).
  • Cotts, John D. The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois & Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009. 320 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 2.1 (2010), http://oenach.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/oenach-reviews-2-1-2010/.
  • MacCotter, Paul. Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Divisions. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008, 320 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI) 1.1 (2009), http://oenach.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/oenach-reviews-11/.
  • Valante, Mary A.  The Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, Trade and Urbanization.  Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008, 216 pages. Oenach Reviews: The Journal of the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI), 1.1 (2009), http://oenach.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/oenach-reviews-11/.
  • Cheney, Patrick, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. 301 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 40.3 (Fall 2009): 885-65.
  • Freeman, Thomas S. and Thomas F. Mayer, eds. Martyrs and Martyrdom in England, c. 1400–1700. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press. 2007. 239 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 39.4 (Winter 2008).
  • Winstead, Karen A.  John Capgrave’s Fifiteenth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 2007. 223 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 39.3 (Fall 2008).
  • Anderson, Thomas P. Performing Early Modern Trauma from Shakespeare to Milton. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 2006. 225 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 39.1 (Spring 2008).
  • LoPrete, Kimberly A.  Adela of Blois: Countess and Lord (c. 1067–1137). Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press. 2007. 663 pages. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Vol. 2 (2007).
  • Fulton, Helen, ed. Medieval Celtic Literature and Society. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, 2005. 304 pages. Eolas: Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies, Vol. 2 (2007).
  • Owens, Margaret E. Stages of Dismemberment: The Fragmented Body in Late Medieval and Early Modern Drama. Newark: University of Delaware Press. 2005. 332 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 38.1 (Spring 2007).
  • Williams, Deanne. The French Fetish From Chaucer to Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 283 pages. The Sixteenth Century Journal, 37.4 (Winter 2006).
  • Williams, Gareth and Paul Bibire, eds. Sagas, Saints, and Settlements. Leiden: Brill, 2004,158 pages, for The Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies, 37.1 (Spring 2006).