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University of Oxford Faculty of English


The Oxford English Faculty has an unparalleled number of permanent and research staff working in the medieval period, c. 650-1550, on all aspects of literature and culture. It is a world-class environment for work in the field, which attracts the very best international and UK students, and offers them uniquely rich resources for medieval study. We offer a choice of one and two-year taught post-graduate degrees, internationally recognised for their high level of skills and professional training; and we actively encourage applicants to join us directly as research students on the D.Phil. We can offer supervision in all fields of medieval literature, with particular areas of expertise highlighted below and on individual members' webpages.  

Key research areas include Old English prose and verse; Anglo-Latin literature; Old Norse literature; post-Conquest literature and the French of England; insular, continental, early and late romance; Arthurian literature; Chaucer; Middle English mystics and mysticism; Middle Scots writing; manuscript study, the material text and the history of reading; early printing; political and cultural history in literary forms and practice; historiography, religious writing and controversy, and theology; translation debates; lyrics; late medieval intellectual history. 

Full list of faculty members researching in this area:

Permanent Postholders: Laura Ashe, Helen Barr, Mishtooni Bose, Charlotte Brewer, Kantik Ghosh, Vincent GillespieMark Griffith, Jane Griffiths, Sian Gronlie, Simon Horobin, Carolyne Larrington, Francis Leneghan, Sally Mapstone, Helen Moore, Lynda Mugglestone, Heather O'Donoghue, Andy Orchard, Nicholas Perkins, Lucinda Rumsey, Helen Spencer, Annie Sutherland, Marion Turner, and Daniel Wakelin.

Research and college staff: Helen Appleton, Mark Atherton, Eleanor Barraclough, Santha Bhattacharji, Aisling Byrne, Anna Caughey, Jeremy Dimmick, Samuel Fanous, Madeleine Forey, Anne Hudson, Ayoush Lazikani, Stuart Lee,  Rebecca Marsland, Daniel McCann, Kylie Murray, Aditi Nafde, Jennifer Nuttall, Bernard O'Donoghue, Eleanor Parker, Olivia Robinson, Elizabeth Solopova, Daniel Thomas, Laura Varnam, Mark Williams, and Sarah Wood.

Other information:

Details of the wealth of medieval research and teaching in Oxford across many disciplines are available at the Medieval Studies at Oxford site.