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Dr Naomi Howell



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Naomi Howell researches and teaches the literature of the Middle Ages, with a special focus on twelfth and thirteenth century romance. She is particularly interested in the relationship between literature and material culture (including tombs and monuments), and in encounters between different ethnic and religious communities, within and beyond Europe. 

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Naomi Howell's current projects include 'Deploying the Dead: Artefacts and Human Bodies in Socio-Cultural Transformations', funded by the HERA Joint Research Programme 'Uses of the Past'.  Previously she was Research Fellow on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Speaking with the Dead: Histories of Memory in Sacred Space', and the linked ERC-funded project 'The Past in its Place'. Her areas of interest include tombs and funerary sculpture in medieval literature and society, particularly in the Anglo-Norman milieu. More broadly, she is interested in the wider cultural and material contexts which inform the relationship of the living with the dead, the other, and the past. She is writing a book on tombs as sites of cultural encounter and exchange in medieval romance.

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  • Howell N. (2022) Variable Vestments and Clothing Conversions: Piecing Out the Past in Tudor Exeter, Dynamic Matter: Transforming Renaissance Objects, Penn State University Press, 81-106.
  • Howell N. (2022) Literary Tombs and Archaeological Knowledge in the Twelfth-Century 'Romances of Antiquity', Interdisciplinary Explorations of Postmortem Agency: The Uses of Dead Bodies, Funerary Objects, and Burial Spaces through Time, Springer.


  • Howell NE. (2021) Saracens at St Albans: The Heart-Case of Roger de Norton, Material Remains: Reading the Past through Archaeological Objects in Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Ohio State University Press.



  • Howell NE. (2013) Sepulchral Citations in Twelfth-Century Romance, Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Volume 2: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Medieval Culture, University of Liverpool/ University of Chicago Press, 102-122. [PDF]

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