Welcome to the website of Laura Saetveit Miles.


photo: Siri Vevle

I  teach and research English literature as a førsteamanuensis (associate professor) in the Institutt for Fremmedspråk (Department of Foreign Languages) at the University of Bergen, Norway. I am also a founding member of Norway’s Academy for Younger Reseachers (Akademiet for Yngre Forskere).

My research specialties are medieval religious culture, women’s literary practices, manuscript studies, monastic reading, the Bridgettine Order, and feminist criticism. Currently I lead the Syon Abbey Society.

As far as teaching, I cover all English literature from 800-1800, and some after too. This Spring 2017 I’m delivering the first 6 lectures for the ‘Introduction to British Literature and Culture’ course (approx. 140 students), teaching one of its seminars, and also teaching for the first time a new master’s level course called ‘Arthurian Literature: Medieval and Modern.’ As usual I’m advising a very interesting range of master’s thesis projects.

In 2013 I took my post at the University of Bergen, before which I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and assistant professor in the Department of English. In 2011 I received my doctorate in English Literature from Yale University, where I also completed an MA in English Literature and an MPhil in Medieval Studies. Before that I received an MPhil in Medieval English Literature from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Brown University (with a year abroad at the University of Oxford).

Check out the links above. I’d love to hear from you at laura.miles@gmail.com or laura.miles@uib.no.


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