Ayoush specializes in devotional, contemplative, and other spiritual writing from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. Her research has focused on emotion in English, Arabic, Anglo-Norman, Persian, and Latin texts in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. She has particular interests in literature written for solitary contemplatives, and she is currently developing a project on the medieval moon.
Publications from 2015-present
Emotion in Christian and Islamic Contemplative Texts, 1100-1250: Cry of the Turtledove (New Middle Ages Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)
Cultivating the Heart: Feeling and Emotion in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Religious Texts (Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2015)
‘Encompassment in Love: Rabi’a of Basra in Dialogue with Julian of Norwich’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 46.2 (2020), 115-136.
‘The Vagabond Mind: Depression and the Medieval Anchorite’, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 6 (2017), 141-68.
‘Seeking Intimacy in the Wooing Group’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 43.2 (2017), 157-85.
‘The Wounded Beloved: Affective Wounding in Ancrene Wisse and the Wooing Group’, Leeds Studies in English 47 (2016), 115-35.
‘Liminal Performance in Hali Meiðhad’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 42.1 (2016), 28-43.
Chapters in edited collections:
‘Tear-Language: Weeping as Resistance in Islamic and Christian Contemplative Hagiography’, in Global Medieval Women’s Mysticism, ed. Abir Bazaz and Alexandra Verini (forthcoming).
‘Speaking Across the Stars: Parallel Affective Communities in Islamic and Christian Hagiography’, in Medieval Women’s Writing: Speaking Internationally, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Sue Niebrzydowski, with Vicki Kay and Kathryn Loveridge (forthcoming).
‘Of Loves Both Spoken and Silent: Rābiʿa al-ʿAdawiyya and the Wooing Group’, in Giving Voice to Silence (a volume in memory and celebration of Catherine Innes-Parker), ed. Cate Gunn, Liz Herbert McAvoy, and Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa (forthcoming).
‘Sea-Water in Flame: Compunction in the Lambeth and Trinity Homilies’, in Cultures of Compunction in the Medieval World, ed. Graham Williams and Charlotte Steenbrugge (London: Bloomsbury, 2020).
‘What Grace in Presence: Affective Literacies in The Chastising of God’s Children’, in Late Medieval Devotional Compilations in England, ed. Marleen Cré, Diana Denissen, and Denis Renevey (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), pp. 411-432.
‘Moving Lights: An Affective Reading of On leome is in this world ilist and Church Wall Paintings’, in Middle English Lyrics: New Readings of Short Poems, ed. Julia Boffey and Christiania Whitehead (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2018), pp. 31-44.
‘Remembrance and Time in the Wooing Group’, in Reconsidering Gender, Time and Memory in Medieval Culture, ed. Elizabeth Cox, Liz Herbert McAvoy and Roberta Magnani (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015), pp. 79-94.
Reviewer for Year’s Work in English Studies:
‘Early Middle English’
‘Middle English Religious Verse’
Review of Medieval Anchorites in their Communities, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Cate Gunn (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2017): Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 7 (2018), 329-332.
Review of Speculum Inclusorum: A Mirror for Recluses, ed. E. A. Jones, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013): JEGP 114.4 (2015), 596-99.
‘Katherine Group’, in the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Medieval Women’s Writing in the Global Middle Ages, ed. Diane Watt, Liz Herbert McAvoy, and Michelle Sauer et al (forthcoming).