School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Aditi Nafde

Lecturer in Medieval Literature


I completed my BA in English Language and Literature and my MA in Medieval Literature at UCL. Whilst completing my doctorate at Oxford, I held lectureships at Keble, Somerville, Jesus, Oriel, and Magdalen Colleges. 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.


My research interests are in late medieval literature, especially literary manuscripts and early print. I am a book historian and my DPhil examined the presentation of the works of Chaucer, Gower, and Hoccleve in a crucial period of book production in the early fifteenth century. 

I am currently an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow and PI of a project entitled "Manuscripts after Print c.1450-1550". The project asks: what happens to the production and readership of old book forms when new book technology is invented? As the fifteenth century drew to a close, the introduction of new print practices began to markedly alter readers’ demands. Manuscript production was rapidly changing 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. It also brings this work to the present by analysing the continued significance of handwriting from the age of manuscripts to the age of digital books.

You can find out more about the project and its events here:


Undergraduate Teaching

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

Postgraduate Teaching

SEL 8353 Manuscript, Print, Digital 


I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy