Dr Jenni Nuttall

I work on late medieval political writing in its historical context (especially the reigns of Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI) and also on Middle English poetics and stylistics, especially in the fifteenth century and the first half of the sixteenth century.  I am currently working on a book about poetic terminology, experiment and innovation in later Middle English poetry.  I blog about my research into Middle English poetics at www.stylisticienne.com, where you can find a work-in-progress glossary of Middle English poetic terms.  I'm also writing an article on Chaucer's use of the technical terms of poetry for a forthcoming collection on Chaucer and the Subject of Form, as well as contributing an essay to a forthcoming collection on Charles of Orleans's English poetry. 

I tweet about my research and teaching on Twitter – you can follow me @Stylisticienne

In 2012 I published a reader’s guide to Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (the set commentary text for Finals) with Cambridge University Press.  I am particularly interested in helping students learn how to close-read Middle English poetry and have created a ‘Poetics Primer’ for undergraduates and school pupils on my website.  In 2015 I was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Oxford for my contribution to the teaching of Troilus and Criseyde commentary.

I am a member of the Editorial Board of The English Review, Philip Allan's magazine (published by Hodder Education) for sixth-formers studying English Literature at A-level.

Early Medieval Literature (Old English and Early Middle English Literature)

English Literature from 1350 to 1550 (Late Medieval and Early Tudor Literature)

The English Language


  • Lydgate and the Lenvoy

  • Margaret of Anjou as Patron of English Verse?: The Liber Proverbiorum and the Romans of Partenay

  • ‘many a lay and many a thing’: Chaucer’s Technical Terms

  • James I of Scotland: ‘The Kingis Quair’: A Translation into Modern English Prose

  • The Vanishing english Virelai: French complainte in english in the fifteenth century

  • More
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