Dr Joel Lipson

Dr Joel Lipson

MPhil MA PhD

Joel Lipson is a Teaching Bye-Fellow at Wolfson College, specialising in Medieval English Literature. His research interests include narratology, pseudo-history, and the context-specific applications of multigeneric literary motifs.

Dr Joel Lipson

Joel completed a BA in English in 2016, and then an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature in 2018, both at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in English (Medieval Literature) in 2022 at Wolfson College. His doctoral research, co-funded by Wolfson College and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), examined the development of longstanding literary motifs associated with Supernatural Visitation between the 12th and 15th century, with a particular emphasis on Latin and English works composed or circulated within Britain during this period. Since 2019, he has supervised English Tripos students for multiple exam papers and dissertation projects, and in 2022 he was elected to a Bye-Fellowship at Wolfson College.

Joel's research is principally concerned with the ways in which medieval authors adapt and reimagine inherited narrative material - oral or written - to specific literary ends, construing the past according to the ideological (and genre-informed) requirements of the present. He is particularly interested in the changeable literary relationship between factuality and fictionality, and the cultural process by which historical events or persons come to accrue apocryphal or legendary qualities. While working on his PhD thesis, Joel also completed a research project concerned with the late medieval Head of Satalia legend, charting the multigeneric development of one remarkably fluid narrative tradition alongside the genre-specific conventions of chivalric romance. He is currently engaged in another, broader project which examines the Sorcerised Scholars of medieval literary tradition: learned historical individuals (such as Gerbert of Aurillac, Pope Sylvester II) posthumously depicted as magicians in the writings of later chroniclers and storytellers.

What's on

Inger Mewburn

Kicking the can down the road: How to create research impact in seven (not so easy) steps

06/06/2023 at 17.30

We hear terms like ‘research impact’ and ‘engagement’ all the time, but what does ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ actually look like in practice?

selection of books written by Professor Inger Mewburn

Productivity workshops for researchers with Prof. Inger Mewburn aka The Thesis Whisperer

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Join Professor Inger Mewburn, also known online as the Thesis Whisperer, for one or both workshops to help increase your productivity: Getting sh!t done and Building a second brain (for writing)

'You' by Gavin Fry

Art Exhibition: 'Things Put Differently'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Things Put Differently' featuring Gavin Fry and works by Anthony Green and Mary Cozens-Walker.

Photo of artist Gurpran Rau holding a piece of her artwork

Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

10/06/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to display Gurpran Rau's latest exhibition 'Patterns of Renewal', featuring a series of paintings created during lockdown inspired by her walks in the woods of Cambridgeshire.