Amélia P. Hutchinson was born in Portugal where she obtained her first degree in English and German Philology at the Universidade Clássica de Lisboa, and developed her parallel interests for modern languages and Medieval Studies. In 1975, the Instituto de Alta Cultura, Lisbon, later Instituto de Língua e Cultura Portuguesas, appointed her as "Leitora in Portuguese" at the University of Manchester, UK, where she completed her M.Phil. thesis on ‘European Relations of Portuguese Arthurian Literature’. Since then, she has developed parallel careers as a medievalist and as a specialist in Portuguese Language Studies. She was Head of Portuguese Studies at the University of Salford, UK, and Erasmus coordinator for the Department of Modern Languages.
In 1996, Amélia Hutchinson moved to the USA. On that year she published Portuguese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge), a manual for speakers of English, which soon became Routledge's best-selling foreign language grammar, with two revised and augmented editions in August 2003 and 2019. She has published several articles on Medieval Studies, especially on Arthurian Studies and on the Cancioneiros of Galician-Portuguese Poetry. Since her doctoral thesis on 'Leonor Teles and the Construction of Female Characters in Fernão Lopes' (2002), she has focused her attention on Portuguese chroniclers and chronicle writing, especially regarding the role of women in medieval society and its representation in historical and literary works.
In 2010, with a group of colleagues in the US, Canada, England and Portugal, she launched the Fernão Lopes Translation Project with the objective of publishing the first full English translation of Fernão Lopes’s chronicles in five volumes: Fernão Lopes: the Chronicles (Tamesis at Boydel & Brewer, UK), forthcoming in 2022. As Director and Project Manager, she was responsible for designing and updating the content of the accompanying website and database, constructed by the IT staff at the Frankling College of Arts and Sciences, UGA.
At present Amélia Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer Emerita, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, a member of several academic associations, and an integrated member of IEM (Instituto de Estudos Medievais) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she is a curator of the Fernão Lopes Portal hosted at this institution: fernaolopes.fcsh.unl.pt
Portuguese medieval chronicles, Galician-Portuguese poetry of the cancioneiros, Arthurian Literature.
Other Relevant Information
“Philippa of Lancaster: Historicizing the Queen.” In Tiago Viúla de Faria, ed., Shifting Stages: Transfer, Assimilation and Exchange in the Court of Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal, Palgrave. (Forthcoming)
- “Making Poetry, Making Waves: The Galician-Portuguese Sea Lyric.” In James D’Emílio, ed., Culture and Society in Medieval Galicia: A Cultural Crossroads at the Edge of Europe, Series: The Medieval and Early Modern World, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015, chap. 22, 894-911.
- “Os Doze de Inglaterra’: a romance of Anglo-Portuguese relations in the later Middle Ages?” In María Bullón-Fernández, ed., England and the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages, 12th-15th Century. Cultural, Literary and Political Exchanges, Series: The New Middle Ages, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, 167-187.
- “Punctuating the Narrative: the structural function of female characters in Fernão Lopes’ and Gomes Eanes de Zurara’s chronicles.” In Portuguese Studies Review 13 (1-2) (2005) 1-14.
- “Reading Between the Lines: a vision of the Arthurian world reflected in Galician-Portuguese poetry.” In Bonnie Wheeler, ed., Arthurian Studies presented to Professor P.J. Field on his Retirement, Woodbridge and New York: D.S Brewer, 2004, 117-131.
- “Leonor Teles: a story in her own right.” In Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 30 (June 2004), 73-87. Commemorative issue of the journal’s 30th year of publication.