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Dr Sarah Wood

Reader in Middle English literature


Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3271
Email: Sarah dot Wood at warwick dot ac dot uk

Faculty of Arts Building, Room 5.57


Sarah Wood was educated at a comprehensive school in Wiltshire and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She has taught medieval and early modern literature at Warwick since 2014. She previously taught at University College London and at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has also held two short-term research fellowships at the Huntington Library, San Marino CA.

Research interests

Research interests include Piers Plowman, medieval religious literature, and the history of the book. My first book, Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman (Oxford, 2012), was an exploration of literary ‘character’ in the multiple discourses and versions of which Langland’s poem is composed. I have since co-edited a new edition of The Prick of Conscience (Oxford, 2013) and published a number of articles on the text and manuscripts of Piers Plowman. My most recent book, Piers Plowman and its Manuscript TraditionLink opens in a new window, is published by Boydell and Brewer/York Medieval Press in the series York Manuscript and Early Print Studies.

I welcome enquiries from students seeking supervision in Middle English literature, particularly Piers Plowman, religious literature, and alliterative poetry.

Selected publications

  • Piers Plowman and its Manuscript Tradition (York: York Medieval Press/Boydell and Brewer, 2022).
  • Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Richard Morris’s ‘Prick of Conscience’: A Corrected and Amplified Reading Text, ed. by Ralph Hanna and Sarah Wood, Early English Text Society, o.s. 342 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • ‘“Fire without flint”: Piers Plowman Z.6.71-72, 74’, Medium Aevum, 92 (2023), 374-85

  • ‘A scribal edition of Piers Plowman C in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 293’, Scriptorium, 72 (2019), 93-106.
  • 'Two annotated Piers Plowman manuscripts from London and the early reception of the B and C versions', The Chaucer Review, 52 (2017), 274-97 opens in a new window
  • 'Monologic Langland: Contentiousness and the 'Z Version' of Piers Plowman', Review of English Studies 68 (284): 224-243. Selected as the Editor's Choice for best medieval essay in 2017.
  • ‘Langlandian Loose Leaves and Lost Histories’, The Library, 7th series, 17 (December 2016), 371-98; selected as the Editors' Choice for December 2016 and available on Open Access here.
  • ‘Confession and compilation: The seven deadly sins in Huntington Library, MS HM 114’, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, 29 (2015), 119-53.
  • 'Non-authorial Piers: C-text Interpolations in the Second Vision of Piers Plowman in Huntington Library, MS HM 114’, Journal of English and Germanic Philology 114.4 (October 2015), 482-503.
  • ‘A Prose Redaction of The Prick of Conscience Book VI in Bodleian Library, MS Laud misc. 23’, Medium Ævum, 80 (2011), 1–17.


  • BA (Hons), M.St., D.Phil (University of Oxford)

Office hours

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 Thursdays 12-1pm (terms 1 and 2)

Tuesday 9:30-10:30 Wednesdays 12-1pm (term 3)

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All meetings take place in Faculty of Arts Building, 5.57 with the exception of reading week (week 6), when consultations will be via email.


EN121 Medieval and Early Modern LiteratureLink opens in a new window

EN2C5/EN3C5 ChaucerLink opens in a new window

EN2F4/EN3F4 Saints, sex, society, self: Medieval literature beyond ChaucerLink opens in a new window

EN2F4-15/EN3F4-15 Medieval TalesLink opens in a new window

EN9C9 Piers Plowman and the poetry of crisisLink opens in a new window