Dr Kylie Murray
After a Scottish upbringing in Bristol, I read English at the University of St Andrews. From there, I completed a Master’s and DPhil in Medieval Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford, before becoming a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford in 2013. I have also held visiting Fellowships at Harvard, Bristol, and Glasgow Universities. I joined Christ’s College in 2016.
I specialise in the literature of Medieval Britain, with a particular focus on the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. My first book The Making of the Scottish Dream-Vision is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. I am now completing a second book about the European-inspired reception of the philosopher, Boethius, in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland (1100-1600). I maintain interests in visionary literature, mystical writing, classical literature, and its reception in Medieval Britain. My other principal interest is book history. I am currently part of a collaborative British Academy project which catalogues medieval manuscripts in the British Isles containing Aristotle commentaries. Cambridge itself houses many manuscript and early printed treasures, which we seek to incorporate into the study of Medieval literature at Christ’s College.
I enjoy finding ways to share my work with varied audiences, including non-specialists. In 2015, I became an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker, and continue to broadcast on BBC Radio 3 about my work. In 2016, I gave the British Academy’s Chatterton Lecture on Poetry, titled ‘Elizabeth Melville and the Poetics of Desire in Early-Modern Britain,’ examining the profound pre-Reformation Scottish influences upon her poetry.