Professor Elaine Treharne, Professor, BA, PhD (Manchester), MArAd (Liverpool), FSA, FRHS, specialises in the cultural contexts, contents, and languages of Early English manuscripts from c. 700 to 1500. She is particularly interested in the materiality of the manuscript book, its tactile nature, and the multiple layers that make up the codex (its 'architexuality'). Research on this topic will lead to a phenomenological study entitled The Sensual Book, a volume focused on the interactions between early manuscripts and their users, and the theoretical implications of touch and the 'voluminous'; a second monograph, Beauty and the Book: Arts and Crafts to Modernism, 1890-1940, will examine the 'voluminousness' of the book in the work of William Morris, Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, and David Jones. Elaine teaches some of this research as part of FSU's History of Text Technologies program. This area is a flourishing field of scholarship, and Elaine will be editing a new four-volume Encyclopaedia of Book History: Manuscript, Print and Digital Technologies for Wiley-Blackwell, due to be published in 2014.

Elaine Treharne is also a textual editor, and has published a number of books that reflect this work including The Old English Life of St Nicholas, and Old and Middle English: An Anthology (recently published in its third edition), a book that has been adopted in universities internationally. This year, she will publish Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020-1220, currently at press with OUP—a book which concentrates on language and identity, and the status of English in the early medieval period. This period of literary history is also the focus of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Project which Elaine co-directed, now published as The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220 ( She has co-edited many volumes, including the extensive Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature (OUP 2010) with Greg Walker. Treharne and Walker are also the General Editors of the new OUP series Oxford Textual Perspectives, the first three volumes of which will appear in 2012-13. She is the General Editor of Essays and Studies, and would welcome enquiries from scholars about either series.

Elaine is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and, in the autumn of 2011, she will be the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa. She has been awarded many grants, including an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellowship this year. She is the Convenor of the English Association Research Group in the History of Books and Texts and is a Trustee for the English Association (, and is particularly keen to foster North American Fellows' work for the EA. She is a former Chair of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland; a former Chair and President of the English Association; and former Vice-President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. She is the Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, Early Medieval Editor for Blackwell's Literature Compass, and a member of the Advisory Boards for English and for PEER Review. At FSU, Elaine is the Vice-President of the Board of The Friends of Strozier Library, a Board member for the Small Crafts Advisory Press, and part of the new Institute of Critical, Everyday and Imaginative Writing.



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