Professor Sue Niebrzydowski

Professor in Medieval Literature / Director of Research Postgraduate Studies

Contact info

Tel: 01248 382111


Contact Info

Tel: 01248 382111



Professor Niebrzydowski is a professor of Medieval  Literature. She has been Director of the Graduate School for the College of Arts and Humanities during her career at Bangor University. Sue Niebrzydowski is a director of The Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book at Bangor.


My research profile has always been interdisciplinary in nature. Whilst I have published widely across genres and authors from the thirteenth to the late fifteenth century, the focus of my research has remained medieval women’s writing. My doctoral research explored the discourses surrounding the representation of the Virgin Mary and St Anne as wives in the literature of the Middle Ages, and was published as a monograph, Bonoure and Buxum: A Study of Wives in Medieval Literature (2006). My more recent research has focused on the effects of ageing on women’s representation in, and responses to, medieval literature, and I edited Middle-Aged Women in the Middle Ages (2011). I have maintained an interest in medieval drama, co-editing the Yearbook of English Studies: Early English Drama (2013). I am currently exploring the intersections of life course, gender, material culture, and devotional practice in medieval women’s devotion to the Virgin Mary in pre-Reformation, women-associated literature.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach a range of undergraduate modules including the first year 'Heroes and Villains: An Introduction to Medieval Literature' and 'The Literature of Laughter', the second year 'Beowulf to Malory' and the third year specialist modules: 'Medieval Women's Writing' and 'Chaucer: Comedy, Calamity and Creativity.' I also supervise BA dissertations.

At Masters level I teach the skills of palaeography and codicology, and a specialist module in medieval and early modern women's devotional writing, as well as supervise masters' dissertations.

PhD supervision


Majed Kraishan, 'The (Hetero)erotic in The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde' (2014)

Tracy Egbert, 'Self through Remembrance Identity Construction and Memory in the Novels of Octavia E. Butler' (2017)

Alaa Al-Halbosy, 'Folklore as a Means to Sustain African-American Identity: A Study of Selected Novels by Toni Morrison and Alice Walker' (2020)

In progress:

Stevie Fox, 'Dragons in Medieval and Early Modern Literature'

Rhianydd Hallas, 'Adam Easton, John Jenstein, and the Feast of the Visitation'

Vicki Kay, 'Mercantile Language in Medieval and Early Modern Women's Writing'

Diane Kaiser, 'Medieval and Early Modern Women's Engagement with Devotional Art'

Education / academic qualifications

  • BA , English Language and Literature
  • MA , Medieval Studies
  • PhD , ‘‘Verry Matrymony’’: The Representation of Mary and Her Mother, St. Anne, as wives in medieval English Literature, 1200-1540’
  • Other , Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Teaching)

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Prof. activities and awards (41)

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Accolades (3)

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