Palmer, Megan E.



PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara: 2014
MA, Colorado State University
BA, Colorado College

Assistant Director of the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA).

Megan Palmer's research interests span the medieval and early modern periods, with particular focus on intersubjectivity, animal studies, and forms of media from the codex to the computer. Her dissertation, “Avian Eloquence in Premodern English Literature,” argues that moments of interspecies connection between humans and birds in early literature often form the basis for examinations of poetics and media technology: while birdsong is much like poetry, it cannot be preserved by the written (or printed) word.

She has two recent articles: “Picturing Song Across Species: Broadside Ballads in Image and Word,” Huntington Library Quarterly 79:2 (2016): 221-244, and "Cutting throught the Wormhole: Early Modern Time, Craft, & Media" in The Making of a Broadside BalladEMC Imprint, 2016. Another article, "Great Fishes & Monstrous Men," is forthcoming. Her other publications include “Chaucer’s Chaunticleer and Animal Morality,” in Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts, ed. Carolynn Van Dyke; and two co-written articles, "Lasting Impressions of the Common Woodcut" (co-authored with Patricia Fumerton) in the Routledge Research Companion to Material Culture in Early Modern Europe, and "Vexed Impressions: Toward a Digital Archive of Broadside Ballad Illustrations" (co-authored with Patricia Fumerton, Carl Stahmer, and Kristina McAbee) in Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Culture.

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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Early Modern Studies
Medieval Literature
Literature and the Mind
Literary Theory
Literature and Technology
Renaissance Literature

Research Interests: 

Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Animals in Literature
Intersections between Literature and Visual Art
Media Studies


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