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Daniel McCann

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English
Daniel McCann

Daniel McCann's research interests fall within the areas of medieval medicine, history of emotion, psychology of literary response, medieval theological and religious writings, and psychoanalysis. Currently, he is in receipt of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. The project is entitled “Salus Animae: Therapeutic Reading in Late-Medieval England”. It explores the therapeutic potential attributed to medieval religious and contemplative texts in a period of English religious history that witnessed their widespread, vernacular, dissemination. It seeks to explore the hypothesis that medieval religious narratives function therapeutically by manipulating and regulating the emotions of their readers in new ways to promote “soule-helthe”. In addition to this, Daniel is currently working collaboratively on an edited volume that explores the emotion of fear in medieval and modern medical and literary culture.