Dr. Jessica Hemming

Jessica Hemming teaches Medieval & Renaissance History, English Literature, and occasionally Celtic Mythology, at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges. Her principal specialist area is medieval Welsh literature, with sidelines in folktale, mythology, and the cultural history of the early Celts. She is the Editor of the London-based international journal “Folklore,” with which she has worked in one capacity or another since 2000.

Her research interests include the semantics of colour terms in Middle Welsh and more generally the cultural significance of colour perception and naming; sensory aspects of medieval lyric poetry; landscape in Medieval Welsh literature; the “female gaze” in early Celtic texts; ancient Celtic mythology.


History and English


  • PhD Medieval Celtic Studies (Cambridge)
  • MA Folklore (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • BA Anthropology (Reed College)
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