My research analyzes the ways in which medieval English literature both shares a physiological vocabulary with medieval English medicine and imaginatively extends that vocabulary to mark religious identity on the physical body.
Focusing on representations of metamorphic miracles in medieval romance, devotional prose, siege literature, and religious drama, I argue that blood is the nexus of physical and spiritual life and also of literary, medical, and religious discourses in late medieval England.
I have also begun preliminary work on a second monograph, which examines English vernacular authority in 14th– and 15th-century England, with particular attention toward Henry Daniel, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Trevisa.
Star, Sarah. "MS HM 505: Henry Daniel, Medieval English Medicine and Linguistic Innovation." Huntington Library Quarterly. Forthcoming, March 2018.
Star, Sarah. "Anima carnis in sanguine est: Blood, Life, and The King of Tars." The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (JEGP) 115.4 (October 2016): 442-462.
Star, Sarah and Jeff Espie. “Reading Chaucer’s Calkas: Prophecy and Authority in Troilus and Criseyde.” The Chaucer Review 51.3 (July 2016): 382-401.
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