Book histories. Book futures. Teaching. Academia. Arthuriana.
I’m an Early Career Researcher trying to make sense of life, my career, academia, and everything else too (aren’t we all?), whilst trying to grow things in my garden, take as many long walks in nature as I can, and read all the books.
This blog documents my meandering journey. Join me! Because life is more fun with friends.
Get in touch by leaving a comment or connecting with me on Twitter: @MedievalBex
A Quick CV…
PhD (Bristol), MA (King’s College London), BA (Bangor)
2016 – present: Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature, University of Bristol
I have been a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Bristol since September 2016, teaching on the units ‘Literature 1150-1550’, ‘Literature 2: 1200-1500’, and convening the unit ‘The Fairy Tale in English.’
2013 – 2017: PhD Candidate, University of Bristol
In April 2017 I submitted my PhD thesis at the University of Bristol: Women and their Books: The Ownership and Readership of Arthurian Literature in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century England at the University of Bristol.
2015 – 2017: Research Associate, The Academic Book of the Future, UCL
Between January 2015 to January 2017 I was the Research Associate at UCL on the two-year AHRC and British Library-funded project, The Academic Book of the Future.
2015 – present: Seminar Tutor, ASE Bath
Since September 2015 I have taught ‘Myths and Legends of Britain and Ireland’ to American exchange students at Advanced Studies in England in Bath. Read more about this great programme here: http://www.studyabroadbath.org/
Before 2013: Academic editor / web editor
I left a successful career as an editor in academic publishing, and then as a web editor, in January 2013 to pursue my dream of a PhD in Arthurian literature (I wrote a blog post about that experience here.) It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wrote a blog post six months in to my PhD, and another one 18 months in too – read those to see why I love what I do. My thesis combines my interests in books, reading, women, fifteenth- and sixteenth- century England, and Arthurian literature. This blog is a natural extension of my medieval, early modern, digital, scholarly, and other interests – a place for me to explore further.
New series on book and publishing history (Cambridge University Press, “Elements” imprint, forthcoming 2017).
Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner, eds., The Academic Book of the Future: BOOC (Forthcoming London: UCL Press, 2017).
Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner, eds., The Academic Book of the Future (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 120pp. ISBN: 978-1-349-88797-2 (Print) 978-1-137-59577-5 (Online). DOI: 10.1057/9781137595775
Rebecca E. Lyons, ‘The Woodville Women and Eleanor Haute: Reading British Library Royal MS 14 E III (Estoire del Saint Graal, Queste del Saint Graal and Mort Artu),’ In The Transmission of Medieval Romance, ed. by Ad Putter and Judith Jefferson (Forthcoming: Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2018).
Rebecca E. Lyons, ‘What is the Point of the Academic Book?’ The Academic Book of the Future: BOOC (Forthcoming: London: UCL Press, 2017).
Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner, ‘Introduction: The Academic Book of the Future,’ in The Academic Book of the Future, ed. by Rebecca E. Lyons and Samantha J. Rayner. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2016. pp.1-9. DOI: 10.1057/9781137595775_1.
SHARP News (Winter 2015) 24.4: 12.
Mary Dockray-Miller, The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders (Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015)
English: Journal of the English Association (Autumn 2014) 63 (242): 246-247.
A Companion to Fifteenth-Century English Poetry, eds: Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards (Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013).
Other Academic Positions
Associate Member, The Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book, Bangor University: http://colclough.bangor.ac.uk/about.php.en
Copy Editor, Royal Studies Journal: http://www.rsj.winchester.ac.uk/index.php/rsj
Web Officer and Committee Member, International Arthurian Society: http://internationalarthuriansociety.com/