Areas of Interest
Late Medieval English Literature, Alliterative Verse, Temporality, Hagiography, Gender Studies
Simon Fraser University, BA
My current research interests include an investigation of how late medieval English literature represents and responds to medieval notions of temporality, primarily those influenced by the Confessions of Saint Augustine. I am also continuing to develop an interest in queer theory, especially as it relates to representations of time. I focus on late medieval poetry, with a particular interest in fourteenth century alliterative verse and Arthurian romance. In the past, I have studied the role of female monastic communities in the works of Thomas Malory, and I continue to be interested in the literacy of women religious in the later Middle Ages. In my teaching with the Writing and Rhetoric program, students consider the ways in which contemporary visual culture constitutes a variety of arguments.
Recent Scholarly Activity
"MacDonald, Leanne. “Visual Voices: The Interplay between Text and Image in MS Tanner 17.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI. 10 May 2014. Paper presentation.
MacDonald, Leanne. “Þe worde þat he warpyd: Diachronic English Language Contact in St. Erkenwald.” 2nd Annual Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium Conference. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. 28 February 2014. Paper presentation.
MacDonald, Leanne. “There She Lete Make Herselff a Nunne”: Nuns and Convents in the Works of Thomas Malory.” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI. 11 May 2013. Paper presentation."