Nicholas Watson

Nicholas Watson

Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature
Nicholas Watson

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



Medieval English Literature, Theology, and Intellectual History; Poetry; Hagiography; Medieval Latin; Mysticism, Visionary Writing, Magic, Medieval Women’s Writing and Literary Culture.

Selected Works:

Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and A Revelation of Love (co-ed., 2005); The Vulgar Tongue: Medieval and Postmedieval Vernacularities, co-ed (2003); “Desire for the Past” (2000); The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520 (coauthor, 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 (1991); Anchoritic Spirituality: “Ancrene Wisse” and Associated Works (translation, coauthor, 1991).

Contact Information

Harvard University
Department of English
12 Quincy St., Barker Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-0969

Areas of Study