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Humma Mouzam

Languages and Literature, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Beyond Britain: The Cross-Cultural Dragon in Medieval and Early Modern Arthurian Literature

My thesis explores the far-reaching literary and cultural influences, drawn from European and Arabic sources, which informed the development of the dragon as a cultural symbol in English Arthurian literature produced between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. It traces literary-cultural transmission within and across medieval and early modern Arthurian works and considers wider political and sociocultural settings, in order to interrogate insular understandings of literary motifs. 

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


- 2019: International Arthurian Society, British Branch Conference, Durham University. Paper given: 'Powerful Places and Stellar Skies: Medieval Britain and the astrological material of the Arab world' (revised).

- 2019: EMREM Annual Symposium, University of Birmingham. Paper given: 'Powerful Places and Stellar Skies: Medieval Britain and the astrological material of the Arab world'.

Other Research Interests

My research interests include: Arthurian literatures, medieval motifs, literary-cultural transmission (specifically twelfth-century Latin translators, twelfth-century astronomical and astrological materials and twelfth-century translations of Arabic astrological works), supernatural monsters, cross-cultural borders, insular/ national identity, crusading and apocalyptic literatures. 


-Organising committee member of The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Forum (TIMES), June 2020 Annual Symposium 

-Programme Coordinator and Creative Lead of the Islamic Arts and Cultural Heritage Society (IAHS)

-Lead member of the student-led Literary Early Modern and Medieval research group (LEMMæ)

-Member of the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CESMA)

-Member of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS)

-Member of the International Arthurian Society, British Branch (IAS BB)

-Member of the Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages research network

-Member of the Network of Sisters in Academia (NeSA)

-Member of the Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMO)