Dr Juanita Ruys

BA (Hons 1) Sydney, PhD Sydney
Senior Research Fellow
Associate Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4149

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Centre for the History of Emotions

Biographical details

Dr Juanita Feros Ruys is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre. She is also Director of the Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Honours and Postgraduate Co-ordinator of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre.

Research interests

Juanita is currently undertaking three research projects for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. These include a study on the attribution of emotions to demons in the High Middle Ages; a study of the emotions surrounding suicide in the Middle Ages, which she is pursuing in collaboration with Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Rebecca McNamara; and a study on academic emotions in the premodern world, on which she is collaborating with Professor Yasmin Haskell (University of Western Australia).

Her other research interests include the writings of Abelard and Heloise; the writings of Latinate medieval women and their post-medieval reception; the literature of experience in the Middle Ages; didactic literature of the premodern period; and twelfth-century autobiography and texts of the self.

Current projects

Juanita has just completed a book on the late life poetry of Peter Abelard (The Repentant Abelard, forthcoming Palgrave) which includes editions, translations, and commentary on Abelard’s Carmen ad Astralabium and Planctus; and she is currently completing a book on twelfth-century autobiography (Brepols).

She is currently preparing a book manuscript on the history of demonic emotions (The Secret Life of Demons) and with Professor Yasmin Haskell (UWA) is undertaking a research and book project on academic emotions.

With Dr Clare Monagle, Monash University, she is co-editing Volume 2: A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Medieval Age (350-1300) of the six-volume A Cultural History of the Emotions (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2015).

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2011

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; Maddern P, Ruys J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Centres of Excellence (CE).

2007

  • Learning from life: the creation of experiential and life-long learning in europe in the Medieval and early modern periods; Ruys J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2006

  • University of Sydney - Bridging Fellowship; University of Sydney/Bridging Fellowship.

2003

  • Literary self-awareness and parental love: challenging alterity in contemporary medieval studies; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Ruys, J. (2014). The Repentant Abelard: Family, Gender, and Ethics in Peter Abelard's 'Carmen ad Astralabium' and 'Planctus'. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Ruys, J., Ward, J., Heyworth, M. (2013). The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom: The Role of Ancient Texts in the Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J., Haskell, Y. (2010). Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J., D'Arcens, L. (2004). Maistresse of My Wit: Medieval Women, Modern Scholars. 'Turnhout, Belgium': Brepols Publishers.

Book Chapters

  • Ruys, J. (2014). 'He who kills himself liberates a wretch': Abelard on Suicide. In Babette S. Hellemans (Eds.), Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays, (pp. 230-249). Leiden: Brill.
  • Ruys, J. (2014). Love. In Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz (Eds.), Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, (pp. 125-132). Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer.
  • Ruys, J. (2013). Experience and the Courteour: Reading Epistemological Revolution in a Sixteenth-Century Text. In Janet Hadley Williams, J. Derrick McClure (Eds.), Fresche Fontanis: Studies in the Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Scotland, (pp. 249-269). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Ruys, J. (2012). 'Nude Scenes of Lovemaking and Violation on Stage and Screen' Heloise and Abelard, Old Bones and the Uses of the Past. In Tony Gibbons and Emily Sutherland (Eds.), Integrity and Historical Research, (pp. 146-166). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Ruys, J. (2010). From Virile Eloquence to Hysteria: Reading the Latinity of Heloise in the Early Modern Period. In Yasmin Haskell, Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period, (pp. 137-167). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Didactic "I"s and the voice of experience in advice from medieval and early-modern parents to their children. In Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, (pp. 129-162). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Heloise, monastic temptation, and "Memoria": rethinking autobiography, sexual experience, and ethics. In Classen, Albrecht (Eds.), Sexuality in the Middle Ages and early modern times: new approaches to a fundamental cultural-historical and literary-anthropological theme, (pp. 383-404). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Introduction: approaches to didactic literature – meaning, intent, audience, social effect. In Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, (pp. 1-38). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2007). Medieval Latin Meditations on Old Age: Rhetoric, Autobiography and Experience. In Albrecht Classen (Eds.), Old Age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Neglected Topic, (pp. 171-200). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Ruys, J. (2005). Peter Abelard's Carmen ad Astralabium and Medieval Parent-Child Didactic Texts: The Evidence for Parent-Child Relationships in the Middle Ages. In Albrecht Classen (Eds.), Childhood in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: the Results of a Paradigm Shift in the History of Mentality, (pp. 203-227). Berlin (Germany); New York (USA): Walter de Gruyter.
  • Ruys, J. (2004). Playing Alterity: Heloise, Rhetoric, And Memoria / Interrogating Heloise. In L. D'Arcens, J. F. Ruys (Eds.), Maistresse of My Wit: Medieval Women, Modern Scholars, (pp. 211-243). 'Turnhout, Belgium': Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2003). Eloquence vultum depingere: Eloquence and Dictamen in the love letters of Heloise and Abelard. In Mews, Nederman, Thomson (Eds.), Rhetoric and Renewal in the Latin West 1100-1540: Volume 2, (pp. 99-114). Europe: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2003). Hearing mediaeval voices: Heloise and Carmina Burana 126. In Stewart, Wulstan (Eds.), The Poetic and Musical Legacy of Heloise and Abelard: An anthology of essays by various authors, (pp. 91-99). Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Ruys, J. (2003). La douceur d'une vie paternelle: La representation de la famille dans les oeuvres poetiques d'Abelard. In Jean Jolivet & Henri Habrias (Eds.), Pierre Abélard: colloque international de Nantes, (pp. 205-214). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
  • Ruys, J. (2000). Quae Maternae Immemor Naturae: The Rhetorical Struggle over the Meaning of Motherhood in the Writings of Heloise and Abelard. In Bonnie Wheeler (Eds.), Listening to Heloise: The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman, (pp. 323-340). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • McNamara, R., Ruys, J. (2014). Unlocking the Silences of the Self-Murdered: Textual Approaches to Suicidal Emotions in the Middle Ages. Exemplaria, 26(1), 58-80. [More Information]
  • Ruys, J. (2012). Love in the Time of Demons: Thirteenth-Century Approaches to the Capacity for Love in Fallen Angels. Mirabilia, 15(2), 28-46.
  • Ruys, J. (2012). Sensitive Spirits: Changing Depictions of Demonic Emotions in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Digital Philology, 1(2), 184-209.
  • Ruys, J. (2011). Review of: Peter Goldman, Paradoxes of Conscience in the High Middle Ages: Abelard, Heloise and the Archpoet. The Medieval Review, 11.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). "Mater litterata": considerations of maternity and Latinity in the post-medieval reception of Dhuoda's "Liber manualis". New Medieval Literatures, 10, 191-220.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). 'Ut sexu sic animo': The Resolution of Sex and Gender in the Planctus of Abelard. Medium Aevum, 75(1), 1-23.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Brooks, Douglas A., ed., Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England (review). Parergon, 23(2), 126-128.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Campbell, Erin, ed., Growing Old in Early Modern Europe: Cultural Representations (review). Parergon, 23(2), 128-130.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Karras, Ruth Mazo, Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing unto Others (review). Parergon, 23(2), 147-149.
  • Ruys, J. (2005). Crawford, Patricia, Blood, Bodies and Families in Early Modern England (women and men in history) (review). Parergon, 22(2), 209-211.
  • Ruys, J. (2005). Williams, Steven J., The Secret of Secrets: The Scholarly Career of a Pseudo-Aristotelian Text in the Latin Middle Ages (review). Parergon, 22(2), 262-264.
  • Ruys, J. (2002). Planctus magis quam cantici: The generic significance of Abelard's planctus. Plainsong and Medieval Music, 11(1), 37-44.
  • Ruys, J. (1993). Role-playing in the Letters of Heloise and Abelard. Parergon, 11(1), 53-78.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Ruys, J. (2010). The Pursuit of Medieval Man Leaves Middle Ages in the Dark. Review of Robert Fossier: The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages. The Australian.

2014

  • Ruys, J. (2014). 'He who kills himself liberates a wretch': Abelard on Suicide. In Babette S. Hellemans (Eds.), Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays, (pp. 230-249). Leiden: Brill.
  • Ruys, J. (2014). Love. In Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz (Eds.), Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, (pp. 125-132). Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer.
  • Ruys, J. (2014). The Repentant Abelard: Family, Gender, and Ethics in Peter Abelard's 'Carmen ad Astralabium' and 'Planctus'. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • McNamara, R., Ruys, J. (2014). Unlocking the Silences of the Self-Murdered: Textual Approaches to Suicidal Emotions in the Middle Ages. Exemplaria, 26(1), 58-80. [More Information]

2013

  • Ruys, J. (2013). Experience and the Courteour: Reading Epistemological Revolution in a Sixteenth-Century Text. In Janet Hadley Williams, J. Derrick McClure (Eds.), Fresche Fontanis: Studies in the Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Scotland, (pp. 249-269). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Ruys, J., Ward, J., Heyworth, M. (2013). The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom: The Role of Ancient Texts in the Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

2012

  • Ruys, J. (2012). 'Nude Scenes of Lovemaking and Violation on Stage and Screen' Heloise and Abelard, Old Bones and the Uses of the Past. In Tony Gibbons and Emily Sutherland (Eds.), Integrity and Historical Research, (pp. 146-166). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Ruys, J. (2012). Love in the Time of Demons: Thirteenth-Century Approaches to the Capacity for Love in Fallen Angels. Mirabilia, 15(2), 28-46.
  • Ruys, J. (2012). Sensitive Spirits: Changing Depictions of Demonic Emotions in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Digital Philology, 1(2), 184-209.

2011

  • Ruys, J. (2011). Review of: Peter Goldman, Paradoxes of Conscience in the High Middle Ages: Abelard, Heloise and the Archpoet. The Medieval Review, 11.

2010

  • Ruys, J. (2010). From Virile Eloquence to Hysteria: Reading the Latinity of Heloise in the Early Modern Period. In Yasmin Haskell, Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period, (pp. 137-167). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J., Haskell, Y. (2010). Latinity and Alterity in the Early Modern Period. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2010). The Pursuit of Medieval Man Leaves Middle Ages in the Dark. Review of Robert Fossier: The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages. The Australian.

2008

  • Ruys, J. (2008). "Mater litterata": considerations of maternity and Latinity in the post-medieval reception of Dhuoda's "Liber manualis". New Medieval Literatures, 10, 191-220.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Didactic "I"s and the voice of experience in advice from medieval and early-modern parents to their children. In Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, (pp. 129-162). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Heloise, monastic temptation, and "Memoria": rethinking autobiography, sexual experience, and ethics. In Classen, Albrecht (Eds.), Sexuality in the Middle Ages and early modern times: new approaches to a fundamental cultural-historical and literary-anthropological theme, (pp. 383-404). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). Introduction: approaches to didactic literature – meaning, intent, audience, social effect. In Juanita Feros Ruys (Eds.), What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, (pp. 1-38). Belgium: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2008). What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

2007

  • Ruys, J. (2007). Medieval Latin Meditations on Old Age: Rhetoric, Autobiography and Experience. In Albrecht Classen (Eds.), Old Age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Neglected Topic, (pp. 171-200). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter.

2006

  • Ruys, J. (2006). 'Ut sexu sic animo': The Resolution of Sex and Gender in the Planctus of Abelard. Medium Aevum, 75(1), 1-23.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Brooks, Douglas A., ed., Printing and Parenting in Early Modern England (review). Parergon, 23(2), 126-128.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Campbell, Erin, ed., Growing Old in Early Modern Europe: Cultural Representations (review). Parergon, 23(2), 128-130.
  • Ruys, J. (2006). Karras, Ruth Mazo, Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing unto Others (review). Parergon, 23(2), 147-149.

2005

  • Ruys, J. (2005). Crawford, Patricia, Blood, Bodies and Families in Early Modern England (women and men in history) (review). Parergon, 22(2), 209-211.
  • Ruys, J. (2005). Peter Abelard's Carmen ad Astralabium and Medieval Parent-Child Didactic Texts: The Evidence for Parent-Child Relationships in the Middle Ages. In Albrecht Classen (Eds.), Childhood in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: the Results of a Paradigm Shift in the History of Mentality, (pp. 203-227). Berlin (Germany); New York (USA): Walter de Gruyter.
  • Ruys, J. (2005). Williams, Steven J., The Secret of Secrets: The Scholarly Career of a Pseudo-Aristotelian Text in the Latin Middle Ages (review). Parergon, 22(2), 262-264.

2004

  • Ruys, J., D'Arcens, L. (2004). Maistresse of My Wit: Medieval Women, Modern Scholars. 'Turnhout, Belgium': Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2004). Playing Alterity: Heloise, Rhetoric, And Memoria / Interrogating Heloise. In L. D'Arcens, J. F. Ruys (Eds.), Maistresse of My Wit: Medieval Women, Modern Scholars, (pp. 211-243). 'Turnhout, Belgium': Brepols Publishers.

2003

  • Ruys, J. (2003). Eloquence vultum depingere: Eloquence and Dictamen in the love letters of Heloise and Abelard. In Mews, Nederman, Thomson (Eds.), Rhetoric and Renewal in the Latin West 1100-1540: Volume 2, (pp. 99-114). Europe: Brepols Publishers.
  • Ruys, J. (2003). Hearing mediaeval voices: Heloise and Carmina Burana 126. In Stewart, Wulstan (Eds.), The Poetic and Musical Legacy of Heloise and Abelard: An anthology of essays by various authors, (pp. 91-99). Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Ruys, J. (2003). La douceur d'une vie paternelle: La representation de la famille dans les oeuvres poetiques d'Abelard. In Jean Jolivet & Henri Habrias (Eds.), Pierre Abélard: colloque international de Nantes, (pp. 205-214). Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

2002

  • Ruys, J. (2002). Planctus magis quam cantici: The generic significance of Abelard's planctus. Plainsong and Medieval Music, 11(1), 37-44.

2000

  • Ruys, J. (2000). Quae Maternae Immemor Naturae: The Rhetorical Struggle over the Meaning of Motherhood in the Writings of Heloise and Abelard. In Bonnie Wheeler (Eds.), Listening to Heloise: The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman, (pp. 323-340). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

1993

  • Ruys, J. (1993). Role-playing in the Letters of Heloise and Abelard. Parergon, 11(1), 53-78.

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