Dr. Graham Williams
Lecturer in the History of English
BA (Summa Cum Laude) University of Hartford, USA
MPhil, University of Glasgow
PhD, University of Glasgow
University of Sheffield
Originally from the climes of Upstate New York, Sheffield has been home since joining the School of English as Lecturer in the History of English in 2012. Prior to coming to England, I completed my PhD under Professor Jeremy J. Smith and Dr. Alison Wiggins at University of Glasgow, where I was also a postdoctoral researcher for the AHRC Letters of Bess of Hardwick Project.
Broadly speaking, I am a philologist of medieval and early modern English language and literature. More particularly, my perspective tends to be of a cultural-historical or pragmatic bent. I have worked extensively with manuscript and digital letter collections in order to study English interactions dating from c.1390-1650, but more recently my research deals with texts of all types, from Old English homilies to late medieval verse.
I also have strong research interests in manuscript studies, paleography, digital editing and corpora - in particular the implications these perspectives have for the historical study of English.
At the moment, I am finishing a book on Sincerity and Affective Language in Medieval England (due to be published in 2016).
I convene and/or contribute teaching to the following modules:
I also direct and teach on the MA in English Language and Linguistics
I would be happy to supervise students with an interest in any area of my research expertise.
I am strongly committed to sharing experience and expertise with the wider public and have featured as a speaker on BBC Radio Scotland, and worked with National Trust volunteers at Hardwick Hall as part of my role in the AHRC Letters of Bess of Hardwick Project.
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