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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

Humanities Building, H512


Dr Sarah Wood is Associate Professor. She completed her undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Oxford. She previously taught at University College London and at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Sarah has also held fellowships at the Huntington Library (USA) in 2013 and 2014. She joined the department at Warwick in 2014.

Research interests

Research interests include Piers Plowman, late medieval religious literature, alliterative poetry, and the history of the book. Her 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 (with Ralph Hanna) a new edition of The Prick of Conscience (Oxford, 2013), a mid-fourteenth century poetic discussion of contempt of the world and the four Last Things. She is currently working on a book on the manuscripts and medieval reception of Piers Plowman.

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 and available via the RES homepage here.
  • 'Two annotated Piers Plowman manuscripts from London and the early reception of the B and C versions', The Chaucer Review, 52 (2017), 274-97
  • ‘A scribal edition of Piers Plowman C in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 293’, Scriptorium, 72 (2019), 93-106.



  • BA (Oxon)
  • M.St. (Oxon)
  • D.Phil. (Oxon)

Office hours 2018-19

Term 3 office hours:

Week 1 Weds 9am-11am
Week 2 Tues 11am Weds 10am
Week 3 Tues 11am Weds 10am
Week 4 Tues 11am Weds 10am
Week 5 Tues 11am Weds 12 noon
Week 6 Thurs 2-4pm
Week 7 Weds 10am-12 noon
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