Amy Louise Blaney

Twitter: blaney_louise




Previous Education

MA English Literatures, Keele University, 2019: Distinction

BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 2007: First Class


Thesis Title

Forming the Arthurian Idyll, 1688 – 1820



Dr Nicholas Seager (Keele University)

Prof David Amigoni (Keele University)

Prof David Matthews (University of Manchester)


Research Summary

My research considers literary engagements with Arthurian legend across the long eighteenth-century, examining the ways in which reworkings of Arthur intervene in debates about historiography, gender, class, and national identity.


My work explores the nationalisation of cultural mythologies and examines the intersections between gendered and national identities in British Arthurian literature across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, considering how Williamite and Georgian appropriations of Arthur enabled the Victorians to rework the myth, but were also distinctive from those later reworkings, responding to cultural concerns from the Glorious Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars.


Research Interests

A medievalist at heart, I am also fascinated by the ways in which folklore and mythology are used to construct gendered and cultural identities.


My research interests include Arthurian literature, eighteenth and nineteenth century medievalism, gender theory, and the intersections between literature and history.



“Thomas Warton’s The Grave of King Arthur”. The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2019 []


Review: “Katie Garner, Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend: The Quest for Knowledge”, The Byron Journal 48: 1, expected 2020

In Progress

Article: “Beautiful Futility and Iron Resolution: Cultural Production and the End of Empire in Imperial Gothic Fiction”

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