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Jenni Nuttall

BA, MSt, DPhil Oxf, MA East Ang
English Language and Literature


I have been College Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall since 2006.  I am also a Fellow by Special Election.  Before teaching at the Hall, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College.


Early Medieval Literature (Old English and Early Medieval English Literature)
English Literature from 1350 to 1550 (Late Medieval and Early Tudor Literature)
Prelims Paper 1 Section A (Approaches to Language)


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.  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 stylisticienne.com, where you can find a work-in-progress glossary of Middle English poetic terms.  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 November 2015 I won an Oxford Teaching Excellence Award for my teaching of Troilus and Criseyde both in seminars and via posts on my blog.

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

Recent Publications:

'Patronage', in A New Companion to Chaucer, ed. Peter Brown, second edition (forthcoming)

'Lydgate and the Lenvoy', special issue of Exemplaria, ed. Andrea Denny-Brown (forthcoming)

'"many a lay and many a thing": Chaucer's Technical Terms', in Chaucer and the Subversion of Form, ed. Thomas Prendergast and Jessica Rosenfeld (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

'Margaret of Anjou as Patron of English Verse?: The Liber Proverbiorum and the Romans of Parthenay', Review of English Studies, 67 (2016), 636-59

'The Vanishing English Virelai: French Complainte in English in the Fifteenth Century', Medium Aevum 85.1 (2016), 59-76

‘Thomas Hoccleve's Poems for Henry V: Anti-Occasional Verse and Ecclesiastical Reform’ for Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Troilus and Criseyde: A Reader’s Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

The Creation of Lancastrian Kingship: Literature, Language and Politics in Late Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)