School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Aditi Nafde

Lecturer in Medieval Literature



BA (Hons), English Language and Literature (UCL)

MA, Medieval Literature (UCL)

D.Phil, Medieval Literature (Keble College, Oxford)

Previous Posts

Whilst completing my doctorate, I held lectureships at Keble, Somerville, Jesus, Oriel, and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford. I was then a lecturer at Harris Manchester and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford and a visiting lecturer at UCL. I joined the School of English at Newcastle University as the Lecturer in Medieval Literature in 2014.


Research Interests

Late medieval literature, especially literary manuscripts and early print; book history; the works of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, and Langland; reading practices and page layout.

Current Work 

My DPhil thesis examined the development of the poetic manuscript page. It focussed on popular texts with extensive manuscript circulation, specifically the earliest surviving manuscripts of the works of Chaucer, Gower, and Hoccleve. I am now writing a monograph based on this provisionally entitled 'Charting the Creation of the Literary Layout: Scribes and the Poetry of Chaucer, Gower, and Hoccleve'.

At the same time, I am working on a new project entitled 'From Print to Manuscript'. This project asks whether new meanings were attributed to the production, perception, and use of manuscripts after the advent of print. As the fifteenth century drew to a close, the introduction of new print practices began to markedly alter readers’ demands. Manuscript production was rapidly changed to fit a shifting market. The project considers how book producers and readers responded to each of the two formats and analyses the social and cultural impact of print on the perception of manuscripts.


Undergraduate Teaching

SEL 3377 Dissertation in English and History (module leader)

SEL 3090 Chaucer, Chivalry, and Heresy in the Middle Ages (Module Leader)

SEL 2219 Monsters, Misery, Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Literature (Module Leader)

SEL 2210 Independent Research Project

SEL 1004 Introduction to Literary Studies 2

SEL 1023 Transformations


Postgraduate Teaching

SEL 8359 Research and Development (Digital Humanities)

SEL 8353 Manuscript, Print, Digital I



I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy