Helen Waddell

Non-medievalist working on Irish medievalist Helen Waddell (1889-1965), author of The Wandering Scholars, Medieval Latin Lyrics, The Desert Fathers, Peter Abelard and more, should like to make contact with others researching Waddell or working in related areas.

I have prepared an edition of texts written by Helen Waddell and her best friend, Belfast medieval historian Maude Clarke, for publication. Helen Waddell and Maude Clarke, Scholars in the Making, contains their writings as postgraduate students (1912-1919), including their jointly written novel, Discipline, and Waddell’s unfinished book, Woman in the Drama before Shakespeare.  The book has been submitted to a publisher for consideration.

I should like to gauge interest and research in either of these writers. I would be interested to know of related research, such as on translations of medieval Latin, on translation studies in general, on Irish medievalists (especially of the first half of the twentieth century and especially women: possible subjects could be May McKisack, Jocelyn Otway-Ruthven), on the history of medieval studies in Ireland (especially of the first half of the twentieth century).

I retired from the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast in 1999 and now live in San Diego, California. I have previously published critical and biographical essays on Waddell.

Thank you for any assistance you can offer.

Jennifer Fitzgerald
Department of Women’s Studies
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

E-mail: jenniferfg@roadrunner.com

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