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Dr. Christiania Whitehead


BA; MA; DPhil (Oxford). Reader in Medieval Literature; current Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Research interests 

Religious and devotional literature from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries in Middle English and Latin, with an emphasis on writing by and for women; religious and courtly allegory; Arthurian literature, from the medieval to the modern period. 

Selected publications 

Writing Religious Women. Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England, co-ed. with D. Renevey (Univ. of Wales Press, Cardiff and Univ. of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2000).

Castles of the Mind: A Study of Medieval Architectural Allegory (Univ. of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2003).

The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary, co-ed. with D. Renevey & A. Mouron, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies (Univ. of Exeter Press/ Univ. of Chicago Press, May 2010).

The Medieval Translator. Traduire au Moyen Age, volume 12, co-ed. with D. Renevey (Brepols, Turnhout, January 2010).

A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert: The Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts, co-ed. with D. Renevey (Univ. of Exeter Press, July 2010). 

The Garden of Slender Trust (Bloodaxe, 1999). Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the Best First Collection of Poetry. 

Teaching and supervision 

She currently teaches the undergraduate core modules: Medieval to Renaissance and The Epic Tradition, and the undergraduate option modules: Arthurian Literature and its Legacy and Chaucer.

She supervises PhD students in various areas of medieval literature.


Reader in Medieval Literature

H520; ext. 24994; email