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Shami Ghosh <email@example.com>
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
I am a scholar of the history of medieval and early modern Germany, and of literature in the older Germanic languages (principally Old Norse and Middle High German). The main thematic areas of my research are social and economic history, medieval historiography in Latin and the Germanic vernaculars, and the Grail Romance in Germany.
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-German
|Reviews:||Divergent Understandings of Medieval Landscapes
Medieval Diplomacy: A Family Affair
State Formation in Medieval Norway: Strong Kings and Weak Things?
The World of the Nibelungs Revisited
Early Modern History and Period Studies
Economic History / Studies
European History / Studies
German History / Studies
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Rural History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
BA (German), King's College London, 2003
MA (Medieval Studies), University of Toronto, 2005
PhD (Medieval Studies), University of Toronto, 2009
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of History, University of Leicester, 2009-10
Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, Oxford, 2010-13
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2014-15
1. Kings’ sagas and Norwegian history: problems and perspectives, The northern world, 54 (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
[Reviews: Patricia Pires Boulhosa in The Medieval Review (June 2012): http://hdl.handle.net/2022/14578; Ármann Jakobsson in (Norsk) Historisk tidsskrift (2012), 3: 465–9; Sirpa Aalto in Saga-Book, 36 (2012), 140–2; Jane-Anne Denison in Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 8 (2012), 105–6; Sverre Bagge in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 112 (2013), 98–100.]
2. Writing the barbarian past: studies in early medieval historical narrative, Brill's series on the early middle ages, 24 (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming November 2015).
1. ‘Forms of kinship: unresolved tensions in Wolfram’s Willehalm’, Euphorion, 97, 3 (2003), 303–25.
2. ‘On the origins of Germanic heroic poetry: a case study of the legend of the Burgundians’, Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur, 129, 2 (2007), 220–52.
3. ‘Condwiramurs’, Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 82, 1 (2008), 3–25.
4. ‘Conquest, conversion and heathen customs in Henry of Livonia’s Chronicon Livoniae and the Livländische Reimchronik’, Crusades, 11 (2012), 87–108.
5. ‘The imperial abbey of Ellwangen and its peasants: a study of the polyptych of 1337’, Agricultural History Review, 62, 2 (2014), 187–209.
6. ‘The “great divergence”, politics, and capitalism’, Journal of Early Modern History, 19, 1 (2015), 1–43.
7. ‘Rural economies and transitions to capitalism: Germany and England compared (c.1200–c.1800)’, Journal of Agrarian Change (2015): doi: 10.1111/joac.12096.
[Early View Article published online on 17 January 2015; the print version will appear in volume 15 of the journal in the same year.]
8. ‘How should we approach the economy of “early modern India”? A review article’, Modern Asian Studies (2015): doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000596.
[Published as the first part of a debate with Tirthankar Roy, including his response and my rejoinder to it; the print version of the article will appear in 2016.]
9. ‘A rejoinder to Tirthankar Roy’, Modern Asian Studies (2015): doi: 10.1017/S0026749X14000614.
10. Entries on ‘Historiography, Norwegian’, ‘Kings’ sagas’, and ‘Jarl’, in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Viking World, ed. Judith Jesch and Christina Lee (submitted August 2012; forthcoming 2015).
Over 30 reviews and review essays published in H-German, Medium Aevum, Reviews in History, Sixteenth-Century Journal, The Medieval Review, The Modern Language Review, and elsewhere.