Texas Tech University

Julie Nelson Couch

Associate Professor
Medieval Literature

Email: julie.couch@ttu.edu

Office: 431

Julie Nelson Couch 
Associate Professor 
Medieval Literature 
Ph.D. Brown University, 2000

Julie 
Nelson Couch specializes in Middle English literature, manuscript studies, cultural game theory, and the modern reception of medieval literature. She has published on the manuscript context of Middle English romances and “Childhood of Christ” poems, on the agency of child characters in the Middle English 
Amis and Amiloun and Havelok the Dane, on Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, and on Howard Pyle's retellings of Arthur and Robin Hood stories. Dr. Nelson Couch has also edited two Marian miracle tales, “The Child Slain by Jews,” and “The Jewish Boy two “cultural artifacts” of the persecution of Jews in medieval England. Dr. Nelson Couch is currently finalizing a book, with Kimberly K. Bell, that combines medieval manuscript study with contemporary cultural game theory to show how the romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight launches a multidimensional game with the reader. 
Dr. Couch's professional headshot

Selected Publications and Research

Book Project: 

Gaming the Medieval English Text: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Cotton Nero A.x Manuscript, with Kimberly K. Bell. (In Preparation. Accepted for peer review by Medieval Institute Publications for their Ludic Cultures, 1100–1700 series) 

Edited Collection: 

The Texts and Contexts of Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative. Edited with Kimberly K. Bell. Brill. 2011. xxi pp., 328 pp., 12 unpaginated figures. 

Articles and book Chapters 

“Figural Agency: Reading the Child in Amis and Amiloun.” Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods. Eds. Naomi Miller and Diane Purkiss. Palgrave MacMillan, 2019. pp. 153-168. 

“Apocryphal Romance in the London Thornton Manuscript.” Robert Thornton And His Books: Essays on the Lincoln and London Thornton Manuscripts. Eds. Susanna Fein and Michael Johnston. York  Medieval Press, 2014. pp. 205-234. 

“The Magic of Englishness in St. Kenelm and Havelok the Dane." The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108: The Shaping of English Vernacular Narrative. Eds. Kimberly K. Bell and Julie Nelson Couch. Brill, 2011. pp. 223-250. 

“Death as ‘Neglect of Duty' in Howard Pyle's The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur." The Arthurian Way of Death: The English Tradition. Eds. Karen Cherewatuk and K. S. Whetter. D. S. Brewer, 2009, pp. 206-225. 

“Defiant Devotion in MS Laud Misc. 108: The Narrator of Havelok the Dane and Affective Piety. Parergon: Journal of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2008. 25(1), 53-79. 

The Vulnerable Hero: Havelok and the Revision of Romance.” Chaucer Review, 2008. 42(3), 330-352. 

“Misbehaving God: The Case of the Christ Child in MS Laud Misc. 108 Infancy of Jesus Christ.” Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk. Ed. Bonnie Wheeler. Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, pp. 31-43. 

“Howard Pyle's Story of King Arthur and His Knights and the Bourgeois Boy Reader.” Arthuriana, 2003. 13(2), 38-53. 

Editions: 

“The Child Slain by Jews,” and “The Jewish Boy.” Editions and Critical Introduction. Medieval Literature For Children. Ed. Daniel T. Kline. Routledge, 2003, pp. 204-226. 

Awards

TTU Scholarship Catalyst Program, Sponsored by Offices of the President, Provost, and Vice President for  Research, TTU (2021) 

National Humanities Center 2020 Summer Residential Fellowship. June, 2020. [cancelled due to  COVID] 

2018 Alumni College Fellowship, Sponsored by Humanities Center at TTU 

Faculty Spotlight Award 2017, TTU Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center. 

Recent Courses

ENGL 5302, Many Tongues: Translating Middle English Literature, Fall 2021
 
ENGL 4311, Race and the Middle Ages, Spring 2021 

ENGL 5303, Camelot and Gomorrah: Playing the Poems of the Pearl Poet, Spring 2020 

ENGL 3303, Medieval Literature in England: Magic & Miracle, Heroes & Saints, Fall 2020