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Dr Daniel McCann

Dr Daniel McCann

Simon and June Li Darby Fellow in English Literature

I joined Lincoln in autumn 2016 as the Simon and June Li Fellow in English Literature. I completed my undergraduate degree, master's degree, and PhD at the Queen's University Belfast. In 2012 I crossed the Irish sea and came to Oxford as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and afterwards held the post of Departmental Lecturer in the Faculty of English and Worcester College. 

At Lincoln I teach Old and Middle English, specifically Prelims Paper 1, Prelims Paper 2, and FHS Paper 2. I also supervise third year dissertations on medieval topics, and offer lectures for the Faculty of English. 

Research Interests

My research interests cover the later medieval period, and are concerned with the interconnection and interplay between medical and religious texts. I am especially interested in how texts can evoke emotional responses, belief, doubt, and indeed other complex mental states through their form and style. I am currently completing a monograph on the topic of "soul-health", which will show how certain medieval religious texts aim to treat the soul by evoking specific emotional states within it. This book is the result of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship I was awarded in 2012. In addition to this, I have published a number of articles that explore the relationship between emotion and healing, reading and healing, and medieval grammar and prayer.  I am also co-editing a volume of interdisciplinary essays on the subject of fear, which explores how this emotion manifests in the medical and literary imagination from the medieval period to modern times. 

Recent Publications


Daniel McCann, Soul Health: Therapeutic Reading in Later Medieval England. (University of Wales Press, 2018). 
Edited volume
Daniel McCann and Claire McKechnie-Mason, eds., Dreadful Passion: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination Medieval to Modern. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).  
Articles published and forthcoming
Daniel McCann, “Dreadful Health: Fear and ‘Sowle-hele’ in The Prickyng of Love”, in Dreadful Passion: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination Medieval to Modern (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 17-37. 
Daniel McCann, “Blood and Chocolate: Affective Layering in ‘Swete Ihesu, now wil I synge’”, in Form and Focus in Middle English Lyrics: New Approaches, ed. Christiania Whitehead and Julia Boffey (Boydell & Brewer, 2018), pp. 45-56. 
Daniel McCann, “Medicine of Words: Purgative Reading in Richard Rolle’s Meditation on the Passion A”. The Mediaeval Journal 5.2 (2015), pp. 53-83. 
Daniel McCann, “Words of Fire and Fruit: The Psychology of Prayer Words in the Cloud of Unknowing”, Medium Aevum 84.2 (2015), pp. 213–230. 
Daniel McCann, “Heaven and Health: Middle English Devotion to Christ in its Therapeutic Contexts”, in Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England and Europe: Diverse Imaginations of Christ’s Life, eds. Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry (Brepols, 2015), pp. 335-362.
Daniel McCann, “Feeling Dredeful: Fear and Therapy in The Scale of Perfection”, in Emotion, Affect, Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 30, eds. Andreas Langlotz and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Tübingen: Narr, 2014). pp. 89-107.

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