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Dr Polina Ignatova

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Polina Ignatova

Research overview

My research looks at the purposes of walking-dead narratives in medieval English texts and the transmission of ideas about revenants between different cultures. In particular, I am examining which parts of medieval English walking-dead stories were based on earlier sources, including classical texts, and which reflected contemporary superstitions and beliefs about the afterlife. 

Thesis Title

Towards a Better Understanding of the Role of a Restless Corpse in Medieval English Narratives

Current Teaching

Hist100: From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians


BA International Relations (Moscow State Institute of International Relations MGIMO)

MA Medieval History (King's College London)

Additional Information


P. Ignatova, 'Moving between Life and Death: Horror Films and the Medieval Walking Corpse', in M. Gerzic, A. Norrie (eds.), From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past (London: Routledge, 2018).

P. Ignatova, 'The Undead: Ghosts and Revenants', in P. Booth, E. Tingle (eds.), Brill Companion to Death, Burial and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1300 - 1700 (Forthcoming in 2020).

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