Andrew Lynch

Emeritus Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Melbourne University, 1972. Joint Exhibition winner.

MA in English, Melbourne University, 1978. Percival Serle Prize.

MPhil (Later Medieval English), Oxford University, 1980.

Roles and responsibilities

Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow, English and Literary Studies, UWA.

Future research

See Current Projects

Funding overview

Some grants

Education Futures Scholarship Program Grant and Secondment Funding, UWA, with Michael Ovens.

WAND grant for project: ‘Experiential Learning on the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Platform’ UWA, with Michael Ovens. $14,395.

2014-2018 Director and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800. $24.5m.

Education Futures Scholarship Program Grant and Secondment Funding, UWA, with Michael Ovens. ‘Experiential Learning on the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Platform’. 2017. $14,395.

2013. National Science Council of Taiwan Visiting Scholar Grant, NTD38,000 and airfare.

2008-2011. ARC Discovery Project grant. 'Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory'. $338,463. Prof. S. J. Trigg (Melbourne); A/Prof A. L. Lynch (UWA); Dr L. D'Arcens (Wollongong); Prof. J. M. Ganim (UCLA, Riverside).

2011-13 ARC CHE Associate Investigator. $3000 p.a., for research assistance and travel for project ‘The medieval emotions of war’.

2010. Australian Academy of the Social Sciences for the Workshop 'Understanding Emotions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop'. $7,500.

2010. Benjamin Meaker Fellowship, April-May 2010, University of Bristol.

2005-08. ARC Discovery Project Grant. 'Medieval War in Modern Imagination, $60,000.

Previous positions

Tutor, University of Melbourne, 1973-77
Senior Tutor, La Trobe University, 1978.

Current projects

Cambridge History of Arthurian Literature and Culture (co-editor)


Industrial relevance

Past President, International Arthurian Society, 2017-2021

Editorial and Advisory
Past Co-Editor, Emotions: History, Culture Society (Brill, Leiden), 2017-2021

Past Editor, Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002-09);

Committee Member, Society for History of Emotions (2016-)

Editorial boards: Arthuriana (USA); Arthurian Literature (UK); Journal of the International Arthurian Society; Limina(Advisory Board); Emotions: History, Culture Society (Advisory Commitee); Parergon (Editorial Board and International Advisory Committee

Refereeing of Articles and Book Proposals (recent)
Palgrave Macmillan; Brepols; Cambridge University Press; Arthuriana; Arthurian Literature; Victorian Review; postmedieval; Chaucer Review; Parergon; Medium Aevum; Limina; Boydell and Brewer; Journal of the International Arthurian Society.

Teaching overview

Recent PhD Completions

2021 PhD. Dr Seiler. Supervised by E/Prof. Lynch, Dr Neal (Monash); Dr Essary (UWA).

2018 PhD. Dr Vaughan. Supervised by Prof Lynch; Prof White; Prof Mead

2017 PhD. Dr Phillips. Supervised by Prof Lynch; Prof White

2017 PhD. Dr Ovens. Supervised by: Prof Lynch, Prof White, Dr Kambaskovic-Schwartz

2017 PhD. Dr Davidson. Supervised by: Prof Lynch, A/Prof Van Gent

2016 PhD. Dr Mitenae. Supervised by: Prof Ikin, Prof Lynch

2016 PhD. Dr Kiddle. Supervised by: Prof Lynch, Prof White

2015 PhD. Dr O'Leary. Supervised by: A/Prof Dolin, Prof Lynch

2015 PhD. Dr Hole. Supervised by: Dr Tarbin, Prof Lynch, Dr Young


My research interests and supervision of postgraduates mainly cover the literature and culture of later medieval England (including English, French and Latin) and ‘medievalism’, the post-medieval reception and imaginative recreation of the middle ages.

In recent years my ‘medieval’ research has strayed as early as Anglo-Saxon and as late as Shakespeare. My 'medievalist' research goes from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, dealing with Engish, American and Australian material.

I also have an interest in modern Irish literature. Recurring themes in all this research include war and peace, emotions, masculinity and martyrdom.


Old French
Middle English
basic German.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Emotions
  • Medieval Literature
  • Early Modern History
  • Conflict Studies
  • Arthurian Literature
  • Medieval literature and culture, 800–1500 AD
  • Modern medievalism in literature and film
  • Literature and emotions
  • The literature of war and peace
  • Arthurian literature


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  • 1 Similar Profiles
  • Emotion

    Lynch, A., 30 Dec 2022, The Routledge Companion to Medieval English Literature. Radulescu, R. & Rikhardsdottir, S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 383-393 11 p. (Routledge Literature Companions).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapterpeer-review

  • The History of Emotions and Literature

    Lynch, A., 6 Apr 2022, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion. Hogan, P. C., Irish, B. J. & Hogan, L. P. (eds.). 1 ed. UK: Routledge, p. 98-109 (Routledge Literature Companions).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapterpeer-review

  • ‘On a tyme’: Action and Temporality in Malory’s ‘Sankgreal’

    Lynch, A., 2022, Arthurian Literature XXXVII: Malory at 550: Old and New. LEITCH, MEGAN. G. & WHETTER, KEVIN. S. (eds.). Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, Vol. 37. p. 109-133 24 p. (Arthurian Literature).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapterpeer-review

  • Anne M. Scott (1940-2021)

    Lynch, A., Dec 2021, In: Parergon. 38, 2, p. xiii-xv 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Preface

    Lynch, A., Mar 2021, Literature, Emotions, and Pre-Modern War: Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Europe . McIlroy, C. & Scott, A. M. (eds.). 1 ed. Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, p. vii–xiv (War and Conflict in Premdern Societies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter