Published: 15 February 2017

Fellowship to shed light on medieval literary culture

Surrey’s professor of medieval literature has been awarded a major research fellowship from the prestigious Leverhulme Trust to examine the literary culture of women before the Norman Conquest.

Professor Diana Watt is one of only 33 academics from across the country to win the award, which enables well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social science field to complete a single research project of outstanding originality and significance.

She has been awarded £100,000 for her project, ‘Women’s Literary Culture Before the Conquest’, which will help provide a better understanding of this often overlooked period of English literary history and how it has helped form our rich cultural heritage.

This two-year fellowship will see Professor Watt travel across Europe visiting a number of archives to examine in detail original manuscripts and to source further information on this era.

Professor Watt said: “This award will allow me to explore at greater depth the literary culture of women in early medieval England and assess the impact these figures have had on our scholarly heritage."

Professor Bran Nicol, Head of School of English and Languages, said: “Congratulations to Diane on securing this prestigious award. This is a reflection of her hard work and dedication to the literary field and I know her research will have a lasting impact on how we view this period of literary history.”

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