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Dr Roberta Magnani

Dr Roberta Magnani

Senior Lecturer, English Literature

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602606

Email address

Office - 224
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Roberta Magnani is a committed researcher and teacher who has published extensively on topics related to late medieval literature and gender theory. In 2013, she received the Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award. She is the Director of GENCAS (the University’s Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society) as well as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Lead for the College of Arts and Humanities. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the International Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Late medieval literature
  • The works of Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Late medieval manuscript culture
  • Gender theory especially intersectional feminism, lesbian and queer theories
  • Medievalism, and the dialogue between the medieval and the contemporary

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Roberta Magnani teaches a variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is particularly interested in teaching medieval literature in the context of the manuscripts in which these literary traditions circulated. Her teaching harnesses innovative learning and assessment methods, such as blogs and student-led projects, to introduce students to the richness of medieval literary culture, from manuscript illuminations to poetic tropes. The dialogue between past and present plays a central role in Dr Magnani’s teaching, as she applies contemporary literary theories (especially gender theories and queer theories more specifically) to the study of medieval texts.  

Research Award Highlights