Professor Diane Watt

Professor of Medieval Literature
+44 (0)1483 683779
19 AD 02
Tuesdays 2-3pm and 4-5pm and Thursdays 3-4pm. These will be held virtually so please email me.

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.


Areas of specialism

Medieval Literature; Gender and Sexuality; Women and Writing

My qualifications

MA English Language and Literature
University of Glasgow
MA Medieval Studies
University of Bristol
DPhil Medieval English Literature
University of Oxford

Previous roles

01 September 2011 - 30 August 2016
Head of School
Literature and Languages
2007 - 2011
Head of Department
Department of English & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
2006 - 2011
Deputy Director
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities
2003 - 2006
Director of Postgraduate Studies
Aberystwyth University
Charles A. Owen Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies
University of Connecticut


In the media

Love, Ecgburg by Mary Wellesley
New York Review of Books
Forgotten Voices: Early Medieval Women Writers
The Medieval Magazine
Women Writers Were Overlooked
BBC History Magazine Christmas 2019


Research interests

Research projects

Research collaborations

Indicators of esteem

This academic year I am contributing to a number of seminars, and conferences including:

14 October 2020: Medieval English Research Seminar, University of Oxford 

9 March 2021: Medieval Literatures Seminar, University of York

15-16 April 2021: The Personal Correspondence in English, 1400-Present conference, Northampton University



Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised

Postgraduate research supervision

My teaching

Courses I teach on

Postgraduate taught


My publications


Watt D (2012)Margery Kempe, In: McAvoy LH, Watt D (eds.), The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500Ipp. 232-240 Palgrave Mcmillan
Watt D (2004)The Paston women: Selected letters DS Brewer
Watt D (2010)Why men still aren't enough, In: GLQ: a journal of lesbian and gay studies16(3)pp. 451-464 Duke University Press
Watt D (2006)Margery Kempe's Overseas Pilgrimages, In: Lees CA, Overing GR (eds.), A place to believe in Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Watt D (2004)Margery Kempe and the Prophetic Tradition, In: Arnold J, Lewis KJ (eds.), A companion to The book of Margery Kempepp. 145-160 Ds Brewer
Watt D (2004)Critics, Communities and Compassionate Criticism: Learning from The Book of Margery Kempe, In: D'Arcens L, Ruys JF (eds.), Maistresse of my witpp. 191-210 Brepols Publishers
Magnani R, Watt Diane (2018)On the Edge: Chaucer and Gower’s Queer Glosses, In: Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies9(3)pp. 269-288 Palgrave Macmillan
Watt D (1993)‘”No Writing for Writing’s Sake”: The Language of Service and Household Rhetoric in the Letters of the Paston Women', In: Cherewatuk K, Wiethaus U (eds.), Dear Sisterpp. 122-138 Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Watt D (2012)Lost Books: Abbess Hildelith and the Literary Culture of Barking Abbey., In: Philological Quarterly91(1)pp. 1-22 Department of English, University of English
Watt D (2015)Mary the Physician: Women, Religion and Medicine in the Middle Ages, In: Medicine, Religion and Gender in Medieval Culture(1)pp. 27-44 D S Brewer
Watt D, Lees CA (2011)Age and Desire in the Old English Mary of Egypt: A Queerer Time and Place?, In: Niebrzydowski S (eds.), Middle-Aged Women in the Middle Ages(6)pp. 53-68 DS Brewer
Watt D (2004)Gender and Sexuality, In: Echard S (eds.), A companion to Gowerpp. 197-213 Ds Brewer
Watt D (2012)'Margery Kempe'. In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature. Ed. Andrew Hadfield. New York: Oxford University Press
Watt D (1998)‘Behaving Like a Man? Incest, Lesbian Desire and Gender Play in Yde et Olive and its Adaptations’, In: Comparative Literature50(4)pp. 265-285 Duke University Press on behalf of the University of Oregon
Watt D (2001)Sins of Omission: Transgressive Genders, Subversive Sexualities, and Confessional Silences in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, In: Exemplaria: a journal of theory in medieval and Renaissance studies13(2)pp. 529-551 Maney Publishing
Watt D (2010)Authorizing Female Piety, In: Treharne EM, Walker G, Green W (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in Englishpp. 240-255 Oxford University Press
Watt D (2009)John Gower, In: Scanlon L (eds.), The Cambridge companion to medieval English literature, 1100-1500pp. 153-164 Cambridge University Press
Watt D (1997)Medieval women in their communities University of Wales Press
Watt D (1997)Read My Lips: Clippyng and Kyssyng in the Early Sixteenth Century, In: Livia A, Hall K (eds.), Queerly phrasedpp. 167-177 Oxford University Press, USA
Watt D (2008)St Julian of the Apocalypse, In: McAvoy LH (eds.), A companion to Julian of Norwichpp. 64-74 DS Brewer
Watt D (2003)Amoral Gower. Language, Sex, and Politics38 University of Minnesota Press
Watt D (1996)The Prophet at Home: Elizabeth Barton and the Influence of Bridget of Sweden and Catherine of Siena, In: Voaden R (eds.), Prophets abroadpp. 161-176 Boydell & Brewer
McAvoy LH, Watt Diane (2012)The History of British Women's Writing, 700-15001 Palgrave Macmillan
Watt D (2001)Medieval Millenarianism and Prophecy, In: Hunt S (eds.), Christian millenarianismpp. 88-97 C. Hurst & Co. Publishers
Phillips R, Watt D, Shuttleton D (2000)De-centring sexualities. Politics and representations beyond the metropolis Routlegde, Taylor & Francis
Watt D (2002)Consuming Passions in Book 8 of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, In: McAvoy LH, Walters T (eds.), Consuming narrativespp. 28-41 University Of Wales Press
McAvoy LH, Watt D (2011)Writing a History of Women's Writing from 700 to 1500, In: McAvoy LH, Watt D (eds.), The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500pp. 1-30 Palgrave Macmillan
Watt D (1997)‘Reconstructing the Word: The Prophecies of Elizabeth Barton,’, In: Renaissance Quarterly50pp. 132-159
Watt D (1999)A Note on John Dering’s Tract de Duplice Spiritu, In: Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians244pp. 326-328
Magnani R, Watt Diane (2018)Towards a Queer Philology, In: Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies9(3)pp. 252-268 Palgrave Macmillan
Watt Diane (2018)Queer Manuscripts, In: postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies - special issue9(3) Palgrave Macmillan
Giffney N, Sauer MM, Watt D (2011)The Lesbian Premodern Palgrave MacMillan
Watt D (2016)Small Consolation: Goscelin of Saint-Bertin's Liber confortatorius and Pearl, In: Chaucer Review: a journal of medieval studies and literary criticism51(1) Penn State University Press
Watt D (1996)The Posthumous Reputation of the Holy Maid of Kent, In: Recusant History23pp. 148-158
Watt D (1997)Secretaries of God. D.S. Brewer
Clarke Catherine A.M, Miyashiro Adam, Cavell Megan, Thomas Daniel, Brookes Stewart, Watt Diane Twenty-five Years of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward, In: Karkov Catherine E., Klosowska Anna, van Gerven Oei Vincent W.J (eds.), Disturbing Times: Medieval Pasts, Reimagined Futurespp. 317-350 Punctum Books
Watt D, McAvoy EH (2016)Women's Literary Culture and Late Medieval English Writing, In: The Chaucer Review51(1)1pp. 3-10 Penn State University Press
Watt D (1994)‘Nationalism in Barbour’s Bruce,’, In: Parergonn.s. 1pp. 89-107
Watt Diane (2020)The Paston Women and Chaucer: Reading Women and Canon Formation in the Fifteenth Century, In: Studies in the Age of Chaucer42 The New Chaucer Society
Watt D (1999)‘Literary Genealogy, Virile Rhetoric and John Gower’s Confessio Amantis,’, In: Philological Quarterly: devoted to scholarly investigation of the classical and modern languages and literatures78pp. 387-413
Watt D (2012)Literature in Pieces: female sanctity and the relics of early women’s writing (500-1150), In: Lees CA (eds.), The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature(14) Cambridge University Press
Mahn C, Watt D (2014)Relighting the Fire: Visualizing the Lesbian in Contemporary India, In: Journal of Lesbian Studies18(3)pp. 223-236 Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Saetveit Miles Laura, Watt Diane (2020)Introduction, In: Studies in the Age of Chaucer42 The New Chaucer Society