I’m an Early Career Academic working across medieval and early modern literature, and modern academic publishing — specialising in women’s reading, book, and publishing history in these areas, and with an abiding love for all things Arthurian. I teach literature at the University of Bristol, and am passionate about my job.
I talk about all these things here, as well as touching upon academia and life more generally.
Feel free to get in touch on Twitter (@MedievalBex).
A Quick CV…
PhD (Bristol), MA (King’s College London), BA (Bangor)
June 2017 – Present: Teaching Associate in English and Personal Development, University of Bristol
Teaching on the units ‘Literature 1150-1550’, ‘Writing the Margins’, ‘Chaucer and the Chaucerians’, and ‘Literature 1550-1740’.
Convening the ‘Arthurian Literature’ unit.
September 2016 – June 2017: Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature, University of Bristol
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 June 2017 I passed my PhD viva with my thesis, titled: Women and their Books: The Ownership and Readership of Arthurian Literature in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century England.
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.
Gatherings — 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 (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).
Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Fellow, Centre for Arthurian Studies, Bangor University: http://arthurian-studies.bangor.ac.uk/
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