Ruth Lexton joined the faculty at Bates as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2011 after gaining her PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2010. She has an MPhil in medieval literature and a BA in History from the University of Oxford. She specializes in medieval and Renaissance literature.
Ruth’s book in progress, “The Political Imagination of Malory’s Morte Darthur,” examines the political lexicon of an Arthurian story written during a time of civil strife in late medieval England. Challenging the prevailing critical view that Malory’s Arthur represents the ideal medieval monarch, her book demonstrates that Arthur’s kingship in the Morte is deeply flawed and the conduct of his Round Table knights is dominated by the need to compensate for his inadequacy. Ruth recently published an article on “Kingship in Malory’s Morte Darthur” in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology.
At Bates, Ruth has taught English and CMS cross-listed courses on the literature of dissent, Chaucer, Arthurian literature, and medieval romance. For the 2012-13 academic year she is teaching courses on medieval and Renaissance literature and culture. She taught a Short Term course on the vampire in popular literature and culture.
Ruth is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards including the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2009-10).