Nicholas Watson

Nicholas Watson

Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies (Spring 2023)
Nicholas Watson

Education: B.A., M.A., Cambridge University (1980)
M.Phil., Oxford University (1984)
Ph.D., University of Toronto (1987)

Interests: Medieval English Literature, Theology, Intellectual History; Global Middle Ages; Poetry; Hagiography; Historiography; Medieval Latin; the French of England; Mysticism, Visionary Writing, Magic; Medieval Women’s Writing and Literary Culture.

Selected Works:

Balaam's Ass: Vernacular Theology Before the English Reformation, Volume 1 (monograph, in press, 2022); What Kind of a Thing is a Middle English Lyric? (essays, with Cristina Maria Cervone, in press, 2022); John of Morigny, Liber florum celestis doctrine / The Flowers of Heavenly Teaching (edition, with Claire Fanger, 2015); Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media (essays, with Fiona Somerset, 2014); Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love (edition, with Jacqueline Jenkins, 2005); The Vulgar Tongue: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularities (essays, with Fiona Somerset, 2003); “Desire for the Past” (1999); The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520 (edition, with Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Andrew Taylor, ruth Evans, 1999); “Censorship and Cultural Change: Vernacular Theology, the Oxford Translation Debate, and Arundel’s Constitutions of 1409″ (1995); Richard Rolle’s Emendatio Vitae (edition, 1994); “The Composition of Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love” (1993); Richard Rolle and the Invention of Authority (monograph 1991); Anchoritic Spirituality: “Ancrene Wisse” and Associated Works (translation, with Anne Savage, 1991)

I welcome conversations with all students, especially those interested in literature and why it matters, in the connection between literature and history, politics, the environment, and religious belief or non-belief. As a British and Canadian as well as an American citizen, I also especially like to hear from students who grew up elsewhere in the world and to share stories of migration and immigration.

Contact Information

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Office: Barker 221
p: 617-495-0969
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am, or by appointment