The G. L. Brook Memorial Lecture in Middle English

The Brook Lecture, part of the English and American Studies seminar series, honours the memory of G.L. Brook, Professor of English Language and Medieval English Literature at Manchester University, 1945–77.

In 2022 the lecture will be delivered by Dr Sarah Salih (King’s College, London).

Past Lectures

  • 2021 (postponed from 2020) - ‘The Household Outsider: The Gawain-Poet’ by Prof. Nicolette Zeeman (Cambridge)
  • 2019 - 'Imagination and Revelation: Thinking Voices and Visions in Medieval English Writing' by Prof. Corinne Saunders (Durham)
  • 2018 - 'Some Medieval English Pilgrims' Books' by Prof. Anthony Bale (Birkbeck)
  • 2017 - 'Healing the Scab: Resisting Materials in Late Medieval Books' by Professor Daniel Wakelin (Oxford)
  • 2016 - 'Curious Novelties' by Professor Patricia Ingham (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • 2015 - 'Changing Faces: The Dynamics of Facial Expression and Emotion in Middle English Literature' by Professor Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne)
  • 2014 - ‘Chaucer's Postcolonial Renaissance’ by Professor Andrew James Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • 2013 - 'The Ruined City and the Politics of Troy in Medieval Britain’ by Professor Helen Fulton (University of York)
  • 2011 - 'Early English Drama from the York Cycle to Shakespeare: Reviewing the Spectatorial Turn' by Professor Greg Walker (Regius Professor, University of Edinburgh)
  • 2010 - 'Learn to Die: Late Medieval Images before the Law' by Professor James Simpson (Harvard University)
  • 2009 - 'The Body of the Past: History and Imagination' by Professor Nicholas Watson (Harvard University)
  • 2008 - 'Memory and Responsibility in the Fourteenth Century' by Professor Ruth Evans (Stirling University)
  • 2007 - 'Marvellous Merlin, Medieval to Modern' by Professor Stephen Knight (Cardiff University)