Dr James Kane

BA(Adv)(Hons)(Sydney), MPhil (Sydney), PhD (Cambridge)

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone (02) 9114 2199

Biographical details

I teach Old and Middle English language and literature. As a medievalist with a background in history, my research encompasses material written in a range of other western medieval languages, including Latin, Old French, Occitan, Middle High German and Old Norse-Icelandic. I am particularly interested in medieval historiography, multilingualism in the Middle Ages and the evolution of a specific terminology of crusading between the late eleventh century and the late thirteenth.

Research interests

  • Old English language and literature
  • Middle English language and literature
  • Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature
  • Vernacular and Latin historiography in the Middle Ages
  • The history of the crusades in the Levant, Spain, southern France, the Baltic and other regions
  • Crusade terminology (c. 1095-1300)
  • Medieval multilingualism

Teaching and supervision

I teach or have taught in the following units:

  • ENGL1002: Narratives of Romance and Adventure
  • ENGL1007: Language, Texts and Time
  • ENGL2657: Myths, Legends and Heroes
  • ENGL2661: Imagining Camelot
  • ENGL3633: Introduction to Old English
  • ENGL6040: Introduction to Old English
  • LATN1601: Introduction to Latin 2
  • LATN2621: Reading Latin 2

Current projects

  • Together with Dr Keagan Brewer (University of Notre Dame Australia), I am currently completing an edition with facing-page modern English translation of the Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae, a Latin eyewitness account of Saladin's conquest of the kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187. This edition will be published by Routledge in the series ‘Crusade Texts in Translation’.
  • I am also revising my PhD thesis (2016) for publication as a monograph, provisionally entitled Signed with the Cross: The Evolution of Western Crusade Terminology, c. 1095–c. 1250.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Kane, J. (2018). Between parson and poet: a re-examination of the Latin Continuation of William of Tyre. Journal of Medieval History, 44(1), 56-82. [More Information]
  • Kane, J. (2017). Review of Sam Zeno Conedera, SJ: Ecclesiastical Knights: The Military Orders in Castile, 1150-1330. Journal of Religious History, 41, 561-563. [More Information]
  • Kane, J. (2016). Review of Marcus Bull and Damien Kempf, (eds.): Writing the Early Crusades: Text, Transmission and Memory. Journal of Religious History, 40(1), 147-149. [More Information]
  • Kane, J. (2016). Wolf's hair, exposed digits, and Muslim holy men: The Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum and the conte of Ernoul. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance studies, 47(2), 95-112. [More Information]
  • Kane, J. (2015). Review of William J. Purkis: Crusading Spirituality in the Holy Land and Iberia, c.1095-c.1187. Journal of Religious History, 39(1), 162-163. [More Information]

2018

  • Kane, J. (2018). Between parson and poet: a re-examination of the Latin Continuation of William of Tyre. Journal of Medieval History, 44(1), 56-82. [More Information]

2017

  • Kane, J. (2017). Review of Sam Zeno Conedera, SJ: Ecclesiastical Knights: The Military Orders in Castile, 1150-1330. Journal of Religious History, 41, 561-563. [More Information]

2016

  • Kane, J. (2016). Review of Marcus Bull and Damien Kempf, (eds.): Writing the Early Crusades: Text, Transmission and Memory. Journal of Religious History, 40(1), 147-149. [More Information]
  • Kane, J. (2016). Wolf's hair, exposed digits, and Muslim holy men: The Libellus de expugnatione Terrae Sanctae per Saladinum and the conte of Ernoul. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance studies, 47(2), 95-112. [More Information]

2015

  • Kane, J. (2015). Review of William J. Purkis: Crusading Spirituality in the Holy Land and Iberia, c.1095-c.1187. Journal of Religious History, 39(1), 162-163. [More Information]

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