School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Aditi Nafde

Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature


I studied English Language and Literature at UCL as an undergraduate before studying for an MA in Medieval Literature at UCL and a DPhil at Oxford. I then held lectureships at Oxford and was a visiting lecturer at UCL before joining the School of English at Newcastle University as the Lecturer in Medieval Literature in 2014.

From February 2019 to July 2020, I held an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship and was PI on a project entitled Manuscripts After Print c.1450-1550. More information about this project can be found under the 'Research' tab. 

I am currently Chair of the Board of Examiners. 


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

My new project, Manuscripts after Print c.1450-1550, was generously funded by an AHRC Early Career Leadership award. The project explores the endurance and adaptability of handwriting in response to technological change. It asks how the invention of the printing press affected scribal practice in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. More broadly, it considers 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 and visit the project's digital exhibition here. Information on the project's app, Hands-On Reading which explores the relationship between digital writing and reading, will follow shortly. 


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 

PhD Supervision: joint supervision with Durham University of a doctoral project on medieval masculinity


I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy