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Louise's main current research area is medievalism. Medievalism examines post-medieval receptions and constructions of the Middle Ages, and considers the impact of these constructions on modern cultural, political, and social life. Her current research is on comic representations of the medieval past, trans-historical emotion, and how ideas about the medieval past have figured in modern political cultures. She has also worked extensively on the long afterlife of the Middle Ages in Australian cultural life. Her 1997 PhD thesis examined the concepts of political and literary authority in the writings of medieval women, and she maintains an interest in this area, publishing academic work on the 15thC French writer Christine de Pizan.

Research interests


medieval literature

women's writing

cinema and history


ENGL204 Medieval Literature: Dreams and Debates

ENGL309 Shakespeare and the Renaissance

ENGL733: Textual Theory

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval Literature, PhD, University of Sydney

31 Mar 199217 Oct 1997

Literature, Ba (Hons) First Class, University of Sydney

1 Mar 19871 Dec 1990

External positions

Advisory Board Member, Australian Reception Network

2018 → …

Advisory Board Member, Emotions: History, Culture, Society journal

2016 → …

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Projects 2016 2017

Comic medievalism and the modern world

D'Arcens, L.


Project: Research

Research Outputs 2003 2019

The crimson thread of medievalism: haematic heritage and transhistorical mood in colonial Australia

D'Arcens, L., 2019, Historicising heritage and emotions: the affective histories of blood, stone and land. Marchant, A. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 134-147 14 p. (Routledge Studies in Heritage; no. 12).

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The Crusades and medievalism

D'Arcens, L., 2019, The Cambridge companion to the literature of the Crusades. Bale, A. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 248-262 15 p.

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Feeling for the premodern

D'Arcens, L. & Lynch, A., 2018, In : Exemplaria. 30, 3, p. 183-190 8 p.

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'In remembrance of his persone': transhistorical empathy and the Chaucerian face

D'Arcens, L., 2018, Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries: essays for Stephanie Trigg. Hickey, H. M., McKendry, A. & Raine, M. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 201-217 17 p. (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture; no. 24).

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Nostalgia, melancholy, and the emotional economy of replacement: feeling for La France Profonde in the novels of Michel Houellebecq

D'Arcens, L., 2018, In : Exemplaria. 30, 3, p. 257-273 17 p.

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