Professor Alan Fletcher BA, MA, B Litt, PhD.
|Alan J. Fletcher joined the School of English in 1979. Before that he taught at the Universities of Leeds and of Oxford. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
| Theatre and performance history. Also, the reconstruction and performance of early music and drama. In this regard I have produced and recorded early plays with student groups within my university, as well as with professionals at R.T.E. (the national Irish broadcasting company) and at the B.B.C. I have also written for and personally participated in documentaries on medieval culture for these two national broadcasting companies, my most recent venture (March 2005) being a series of three programmes for B.B.C. Radio 4 on the history and nature of humour. The book contract forWho Murdered Chaucer? (noted below under books published) has also safeguarded rights in view of the material possibility that the book's substance will be reworked for media presentation.
'Moveable feasts' (my proposed future research schedule, in a notional chronological order):
• A critical edition, with introduction, commentary, and full supporting apparatus, of the entire corpus of Latin liturgical drama extant from the British Isles. Importantly, this will include an edition of the music of the plays, where appropriate. The edition will be accompanied by an eductional package comprising a CD, and an image-rich website will be created to host text and downloadable video and music files. The website will expand and develop reciprocally with the project.
Research funding application:
• €57,000, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2005)
|Fletcher, A.; (2009) Late-Medieval Popular Preaching in Britain and Ireland: Texts, Studies, and Interpretations. Belgium: Brepols. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A. & Beadle, R.; (2008) The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, c. 1350 - c. 1520 2nd Ed. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.J., and D'Arcy, A.M.; (2005) Essays on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood: The Key of All Good Remembrance. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A., with Terry Jones, R. F. Yeager, T. Dolan, and J. D'Or; (2003) Who Murdered Chaucer?. London: Methuen. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2001) Drama and the Performing Arts in Pre-Cromwellian Ireland: A Repertory of Sources and Documents. Cambridge: Brewer. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.J., and Gillespie, R.; (2001) Irish Preaching, 700-1700. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.J.; (2000) Drama, Performance and Polity in Pre-Cromwellian Ireland. Toronto: Toronto University Press. [Details]|
|Fletcher, Alan; (2008) 'The Liturgy and Music of the Medieval Cathedral' In: John Crawford and Raymond Gillespie (eds). A History of St Patrick's Cathedral. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, Alan; (2008) 'The Annals and Chronicles of Medieval Dublin: An Overview' In: Duffy, Sean (eds). Medieval Dublin VIII. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2006) 'The de Derby Psalter of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin'' In: R. Refaussé and R. Gillespie (eds). The Medieval Archives of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2008) 'Compilations for Preaching and Lollard Literature' In: Morgan, N. and Thomson, R (eds). The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Cambridge: CUP. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2006) 'The Liber Albus of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin' In: Refaussé, R. and Gillespie, R (eds). The Medieval Archives of Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2006) 'Reading Radical Metonymy in Pearl' In: Bessserman, L (eds). Sacred and Secular in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures. New York and London: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2005) 'Middle English Debate Literature' In: Johnson, D. and Treharne, E (eds). Reading in Medieval Texts: Interpreting Old and Middle English Literature. Oxford: OUP. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2005) 'Pearl and the Limits of History' In: D'Arcy, A-M and Fletcher, A (eds). Essays on Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood: The Key of all Good Remembrance. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2005) 'The Lyric in the Sermon' In: Duncan, T (eds). A Companion to the Middle English Lyric. Cambridge: CUP. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2004) 'God's Jesters and the Festive Culture of Medieval Ireland' In: Seán Duffy (eds). Medieval Dublin V. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2004) 'Joseph Ashbury' In: B. Harrison (eds). The New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2003) 'Chaucer the Heretic' In: Studies in the Age of Chaucer 25. *: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2002) 'The Essential (Ephemeral) William Langland: Textual Revision as Ethical Process in Piers Plowman' In: Yearbook of Langland Studies 15. *: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2001) 'Preaching in Late-Medieval Ireland' In: Alan J. Fletcher and Raymond Gillespie (eds). Irish Preaching, 700-1700. Dublin: *. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2000) 'The Liturgy of the Late-Medieval Cathedral Priory of Christ Church, Dublin' In: A History of Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin: *. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Fletcher, A.; (2005) 'The Reception of My Lord of Ormonde at Kilkenny upon the First Peace 1646'. Journal of the Butler Society, 4 :241-256. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.; (2005) 'Turning and Turning in the Narrowing Gyre: The Shaping of W. B. Yeats's Dramaturgy and its Sense of Irish Performance History'. Irish Studies Review, 13 :203-220. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2004) 'Variations on a Theme attributed to Robert Holcot: Lessons for Late Medieval English Preaching from the Castle of Prudence'. Journal of Medieval Studies, 66 . [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2002) 'The Essential (Ephemeral) William Langland: Textual Revision as Ethical Process in Piers Plowman'. Yearbook of Langland Studies, 15 :61-84. [Details]|
|Fletcher, A.,; (2000) 'Sir Orfeo and the Flight from the Enchanters'. Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 22 :141-178. [Details]|
|Association: Royal Irish Academy, Function/Role: Member|
| Peer Reviewer
I also act as a peer reviewer of book proposals within the domain of late medieval and early Renaissance studies for Cambridge University Press and for D. S. Brewer, Cambridge. I serve on the panel of the Arts and Humanities Research Board of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as assessor for funding applications in late medieval and early modern studies.
| Academic appointments:
• Appointed in 1986 and in 1993 as PhD external examiner to the Department of English, Trinity College, Dublin.
• Gothic and Gothick: a course examining ways in which medieval culture was received and remodelled in English literature and culture between the late-eighteenth and early-twentieth centuries. (Modern texts include work by Horace Walpole, Matthew Lewis, John Keats, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Montague R. James.)