Dr Jessica Berenbeim
Jessica Berenbeim is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of English and a Fellow of Jesus College.
I’m from the USA (BA, PhD Harvard), and I first came to the UK to study here in Cambridge for the MPhil. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, and I’ve also held fellowships at or collaborated with a number of cultural institutions, including the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Archives.
The aesthetics and materiality of writing; medieval art and architecture; archives and archival theory; the cultural history of medieval Britain.
The central theme of my research is the role of visual culture in documentation, historical knowledge, and political power. I teach for the medieval literature papers in Part I and Part II, and on visual and material culture more broadly in Part II.
My teaching and supervision interests include: interdisciplinary medieval studies; material texts; the intersections of literary and visual culture; history and theory of museums, libraries, and archives.
Publications, links and resources
Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England (PIMS/Toronto, 2015)
with T.A. Heslop, Invention and Imagination, special issue, British Art Studies, 6 (2017)
Articles and chapters
- 'The Tomb of Virgil', in The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. R. Thomas and J. Ziolkowski (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
- 'Personal and Institutional Patronage in the Sherborne Missal', in Patrons and Professionals in the Middle Ages, ed. P. Binski and E.A. New, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 22 (2012)
- 'Script after Print: Juan de Yciar and the Art of Writing', Word & Image, 26/3 (2010)
- 'An English Manuscript of the Somme le roi', in Cambridge Illuminations, ed. S. Panayotova (Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007)
- ed., with J. Cherry and L. de Beer, Seals and Status: The Power of Objects (British Museum, forthcoming 2017)
- 'Medieval Treaties and the Diplomatic Aesthetic', The Medieval Globe, 4/1 (forthcoming 2017)
- 'Domesday and the Look of Narrative', in Manuscripts East and West, ed. A. Bovey et al. (forthcoming 2018)
- 'Double crosssed in Translation', in Beyond Words, ed. L.F. Davis et al. (forthcoming 2018/19)