English
School of Arts

Professor Veronica O'Mara

BA, MA (NUI), PhD (Leeds)

Contact

Professor of Medieval English Literature

Email: V.M.OMara@hull.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1482 46 5648
Office: Larkin building, Room 274 (L274)

Profile

Professor O’Mara’s research specialism is medieval English religious literature, particularly preaching; my other main research interests include the relationship between manuscript and print in the Middle Ages, and female literacy in the medieval and early renaissance period. The four-year AHRC-funded project, A Repertorium of Middle English Prose Sermons, for which I was the project director, was completed in 2007. I spent periods in 2011 as a short-term fellow both at the Huntington Library in California and the Folger-Shakespeare Library in Washington in preparation for another project on the Middle English sermon, an edition of Thomas Wimbledon’s Paul’s Cross Sermon of c. 1387. I am currently involved in research activity on Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe with colleagues in Universiteit Antwerpen (Dr Patricia Stoop) and Missouri-Kansas City (Professor Virginia Blanton). Conferences on the subject, leading to various publications, took place in Hull (2011), Kansas City (2012), and Antwerp (2013) with supporting funding from the British Academy, the Bibliographical Society, the Ferens Education Trust, and the University of Hull; the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center, the University of Missouri Research Board, and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; the Modern Humanities Research Association, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO)/Research Foundation Flanders, and Universiteit Antwerpen.

Selected Publications

Professor O’Mara’s main publications are: A Study and Edition of Selected Middle English Sermons, Leeds Texts and Monographs, n. s. 13 (School of English: Leeds, 1994); The Index of Middle English Prose: Handlist XIII, A Handlist of Manuscripts containing Middle English Prose in Lambeth Palace Library (with Dr O. S. Pickering) (Cambridge: Brewer 1999); ed., The Translation of the Works of St Birgitta of Sweden into the Medieval European Vernaculars (with Dr Bridget Morris), The Medieval Translator, 7 (Brepols: Tumhout, 2000); Four Middle English Sermons Edited from British Library MS Harley 2268, Middle English Texts, 33 (Heidelberg: Winter, 2002); ed., Literature, Readers and Dialogue: Essays by and in Reply to Douglas Jefferson (with Professor J. Clare) (Dublin: University College Dublin Press: 2006); A Repertorium of Middle English Prose Sermons (with Dr Suzanne Paul), Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching, 1, 4 volumes (Brepols: Turnhout, 2007); ed. Leeds Studies in English: Essays in Honour of Oliver Pickering (with Professor Janet Burton, and Dr William Marx), n.s. 41 (2010); ed., Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell (with Professor Martha W. Driver), Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching, 11 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), ed., Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 26 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013); ed., Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 27 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013); ed., Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Antwerp Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 28 (Turnhout: forthcoming) (the final three with Professor Virginia Blanton and Dr Patricia Stoop).

 

 

Research

My research specialism is medieval English religious literature, particularly preaching; my other main research interests include the relationship between manuscript and print in the Middle Ages, and female literacy in the medieval and early renaissance period. The four-year AHRC-funded project, A Repertorium of Middle English Prose Sermons, for which I was the project director, finished in 2007. After that I started on my next project, an edition of Middle English saints’ lives (in progress), with an American collaborator, Professor Virginia Blanton. In 2011 I spent periods as a short-term fellow both at the Huntington Library in California and the Folger-Shakespeare Library in Washington in preparation for my next project on the Middle English sermon, an edition of Thomas Wimbledon’s Paul’s Cross Sermon of c. 1387.

I am also currently involved in research activity on Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe with colleagues in the universities of Antwerp (Dr Patricia Stoop) and Missouri-Kansas City (Professor Virginia Blanton). Conferences on the subject, leading to various publications, have taken place in Hull (2011), Missouri-Kansas City (2012), and Antwerp (2013), with supporting funding from the British Academy, the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Bibliographical Society, the Ferens Education Trust, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center, the Missouri Education Board, the FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen), Universiteit Antwerpen, and the Society for Medieval Languages and Literature.

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