Professor Veronica O’Mara

Research interests

My research focuses on the interlinked areas of preaching, hagiography, Birgittine studies, female literacy, and the relationship of manuscript and print in medieval and early modern England. Above all, I always work on primary manuscript, early printed, and archival sources and routinely strive to situate my research in a comparative European context. So far I have organised fourteen national and international conference events; worked with twelve different scholars; produced about a dozen books and over thirty book chapters or articles; and have been associated with the delivery of over sixty conference papers world-wide, as well as being responsible for grant income from eighteen national and international bodies for ten research projects. I collaborate with scholars at home and abroad, and through my work, particularly in sermon studies and nuns’ literacies in Medieval Europe, I have built up a network of medievalist contacts in Art History, English, History, Languages, and Theology departments throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. 

Current research is focused on the production (together with Professor Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City) of ‘Lyves and Dethes’ for Medieval English Nuns: An Edition of the Saints’ Lives in Cambridge University Library, MS Additional 2604, a unique collection of mainly female prose saints’ lives for women religious in East Anglia in the fifteenth century. Alongside this, I am editing (with Dr Patricia Stoop, Universiteit Antwerpen) Circulating the Word of God in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Transformative Preaching Between Manuscript and Print (c. 1450 to c. 1550), a collection of essays that concentrates on the mass media of the age in Europe, with essays on Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Latin, Italian, Romanian, and Swedish sermon materials. Future research will include an edition of Thomas Wimbledon’s Doomsday sermon in manuscript and early print for Middle English Texts (Heidelberg: Winter) and a study of The Interaction of Manuscript and Print in British Library, MS Lansdowne 379 for Texts and Transitions: Studies in the History of Manuscripts and Printed Books (Turnhout: Brepols). 

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  • PhD in Middle English, University of Leeds
  • MA in Old and Middle English (Hons), University College Dublin (National University of Ireland)
  • BA in Old and Middle English, and Modern English (First Class), University College Dublin (Nationa

Student education

In my time at the universities of Dublin (University College), Hull (where I became Professor of Medieval English Literature in 2015), Keele, and Leeds I have taught and/or lectured on all aspects of Old and Middle English Language and Literature as well as on modules in History of the Language, Literary Theory, Linguistics, and post-medieval literature at undergraduate levels, and have provided specialist medieval courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in addition to doctoral supervision and external examining.