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Dr Sarah Wood

Associate Professor


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

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Sarah Wood was educated at a comprehensive school in Wiltshire and at the University of 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. Sarah's 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. She has 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. Her most recent book, Piers Plowman and its Manuscript TraditionLink opens in a new window, is forthcoming from Boydell and Brewer in the series York Manuscript and Early Print Studies.

Selected publications

  • 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).
  • ‘A Prose Redaction of The Prick of Conscience Book VI in Bodleian Library, MS Laud misc. 23’, Medium Ævum, 80 (2011), 1–17.
  • ‘The Prick of Conscience’, in Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, ed. by Robert Rouse and Sian Echard (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).
  • '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.
  • ‘Confession and compilation: The seven deadly sins in Huntington Library, MS HM 114’, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, 29 (2015), 119-53.
  • ‘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.
  • '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.
  • '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
  • ‘A scribal edition of Piers Plowman C in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 293’, Scriptorium, 72 (2019), 93-106.


  • BA
  • M.St.
  • D.Phil.