Andrew Lynch

Professor, BA MA Melb., MPhil Oxf.

  • The University of Western Australia (M201), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 11 Citations
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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

Professor, English and Cultural Studies, UWA.

Director and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800

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

Routledge History Handbook to Emotions in Europe, 1100–1700, eds Susan Broomhall and Andrew Lynch.

On the Outer: Emotion and Exile in Medieval Hagiography versions of the life of St Mary of Egypt.

‘Making Joy / Seeing Sorrow: Affective Resources and Poetic Form in the Stanzaic Morte Arthure.

Chaucer as Catholic ‘Child’ in Nineteenth-Century England

Industrial relevance

President, International Arthurian Society

Editorial and Advisory
Co-Editor, Emotions: History, Culture Society.

General Editor: Brepols ‘Early European Research’ book series; General Editor. Bloomsbury Cultural History of Emotions. 6 vols. Forthcoming 2018.

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

Editorial boards: Arthuriana (USA); Arthurian Literature (UK); Journal of the International Arthurian Society; Limina (Advisory Board); 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.

Curriculum Advisory Committee, Literature, WA Certificate of Education.

Teaching overview

Honours and postgraduate seminars in medieval and early modern language, literature and culture.

In 2018: ENGL 3601: Reading the Middle Ages and ENGL3003: The Arthurian Legend.

Recent PhD Completions

2017 PhD. Dr Phillips, recently passed with minor revisions. 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.


  • 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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poetry Social Sciences
critic Social Sciences
peace Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
Medieval Period Arts & Humanities
Poetry Arts & Humanities
Emotion Arts & Humanities
Peace Arts & Humanities

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Projects 1997 2017

Research Output 1992 2017

Emotional Community

Lynch, A. L. 2017 Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction. S. B. (ed.). Oxford: Routledge, p. 3-6 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

War, church, empire and the Medieval in British histories for children

Lynch, A. 2017 The Middle Ages in the modern world: Twenty-first century perspectives. Bildhauer, B. & Jones, C. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 87-101 15 p. (Proceedings of the British Academy; vol. 208)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Dialogic history: Walter Scott's medieval voices

Lynch, A. 2016 In : Postmedieval. 7, 2, p. 285-288 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'he nas but seven yeer olde': Emotions in Boy Martyr Legends of Later Medieval England

Lynch, A. 2016 Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe. Barclay, K., Reynolds, K. & Rawnsley, C. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 25-44 (Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Medieval England
Late Medieval Period

Introduction: Positive emotions in Arthurian romance

Lynch, A. Oct 2016 In : Journal of the International Arthurian Society. p. 53-57 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article