Dr Natalie Jones
Education and Experience
Natalie Jones is a graduate of the University of Leicester, completing her undergraduate degree in 2005 (BA Hons English) before specialising in Medieval Literature at postgraduate level. She completed an MA in English Literary Research in 2006 (AHRC funded). Following her MA, she completed a Ph.D (AHRC funded), which was awarded in 2011. Her doctoral research concentrated on the development of Christological iconography in the Middle English religious lyric, focusing on a range of poems from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.
Natalie began teaching at the University of Leicester,
where she taught a range of courses on Old and Middle English language
and literature, as well as the History of the Language. In 2011 she was
appointed as a Teaching Associate in Medieval Language and Literature
in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. In 2012 she
was appointed to her current post of Teaching Fellow in Medieval English
Literature at UCL.
Natalie's research interests lie in Middle English language
and literature. She is particularly interested in the related areas of
Middle English poetry, medieval theology and iconology. Due to her
sustained engagement with iconography, Natalie's research places a
strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the relationship between text
and image throughout the medieval period. She also has a keen interest
in the patristic sources of Old and Middle English literature.
Natalie is currently completing her first monograph, entitled From Christogram to Arma Christi: Soteriological Imagery in the Middle English Lyric. This work, which builds on her doctoral research, examines the influence of Christological doctrine and iconography as it develops in a selection of Middle English lyrics from the Synod of Durham (c. 1215) to the first Act of Supremacy (1534). In addition to shedding new light on the theological and iconographic complexity of this selection of poems, the work will explore the afterlife of the lyric corpus, considering the development of the religious poetic tradition into the seventeenth century. To date, Natalie has presented aspects of this research project at a number of conferences and research seminars.
Natalie has also written on the Middle English carols and the Old English poem, Christ III, in addition to reviews published in a number of journals, including Peer English and Church History and Religious Culture.
Review of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, ed. Joseph Black et al., 2nd ed. (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview, 2009) and British Literature: A Historical Overview, Volume A, ed. Joseph Black et al., (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview, 2010), Peer English 7 (2012), 104-8.
Review of Cultures of Religious Reading in the Late Middle Ages: Instructing the Soul, Feeding the Spirit, and Awakening the Passion, ed. Sabrina Corbellini (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), Church History and Religious Culture (forthcoming, 2014).