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Professors Emeritus and Honorary Fellows

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Derek Attridge
BA (Natal), MA, PhD (Cantab), FBA
Emeritus Professor

Derek Attridge was educated in South Africa and England, and has taught in England, Scotland, France, and the U.S.A. Among his research interests are South African literature, Joyce, deconstruction and literary theory, and the performance of poetry.


Henry Bainton

Henry Bainton worked in the department from 2010-2017, and now teaches at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses mainly on medieval English, French and Latin literature.

Tel: 01904 659784

S.A.J. Bradley
MA (Oxon), FSA
Emeritus Professor

After retirement from teaching Anglo-Saxon at York, Sid Bradley has continued as co-editor of the Copenhagen journal Grundtvig-Studier, published a book on the 19th-century Danish poet, historian and theologian N. F. S. Grundtvig and articles on Grundtvig’s reception of Anglo-Saxondom, and lectured on this subject, most recently in Denmark, America and Ireland.

Tel: 01865 762906


Nicholas R. Havely
MA, BPhil (Oxon)
Emeritus Professor

Nicholas R. Havely has principal research interests in English-Italian literary relations, translation and travel-writing. He has recently published two edited collections of essays on reception of Dante in the nineteenth century (2011 and 2012) and a study of Dante's British readers and public (2014).


Christa Knellwolf King
BA (U. of Zurich), MA, PhD (Cardiff U.), Dr habil. (FU Berlin)

After an academic career at the Australian National University and several European universities, Christa Knellwolf King is now an Associate Professor of English Literature at Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). She has published two monographs and five edited collections of essays, including The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 9, devoted to 20th century theories. Her research interests concentrate on recent literary theories (particularly cognitive theories of emotion), cross-cultural studies and world literature. Her vision is to develop a multidisciplinary project devoted to “using” literature and other forms of storytelling in order to engender empathy, understanding and respect across cultural boundaries.


A.D. Moody
MA (New Zealand and Oxon)
Emeritus Professor

A. David Moody is the author of a 3-volume critical biography of Ezra Pound, Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man & His Work (Oxford University Press).  Vol. 1 was published in 2007; vol. 2 in 2014; vol. 3 in 2015.

Linne Mooney
BA (Smith College), MA and PhD (University of Toronto) FSA
Emerita Professor

Linne Mooney recently retired from her position as Professor of Medieval English Palaeography in the Department and at the Centre for Medieval Studies. She remains research active in her field of late medieval English manuscripts, especially specialising in the scribes of major works of Middle English literature. She maintains the web sites

Late Medieval Scribes ( ( ) with Simon Horobin and Digital Index of Middle English Verse ( with Daniel Mosser.


Graham Parry
MA (Cantab), PhD (Columbia), FSA
Emeritus Professor

Graham Parry has written a number of books about the cultural history of the seventeenth century, and in recent years turned to the study of the antiquaries of early modern England. He also has strong interests in Victorian cultural life, and is active in Ruskin’s Guild of St George, the Pugin Society, and the Sydney Smith Association. In addition, he is much involved in the activities of the York Bibliographical Society.

contact c/o Centre for Medieval Studies

Derek Pearsall
Honorary Professor

Derek Pearsall is one of the founders of York's Centre for Medieval Studies and a Professor here until 1986. He has returned to York since his retirement as Gurney Professor of English at Harvard University in the USA. He is actively involved with research seminars and visiting lectures at the Centre for Medieval Studies, and informally consults with students about their work in Middle English literature and manuscript studies.

contact c/o Department of English and Related Literature

Adam Phillips
Honorary Visiting Professor

Adam Phillips is an author and a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. He is the author of twelve highly praised books on literature, history, philosophy, child psychology, biography and psychoanalysis. Adam makes three visits a year, during which he gives lectures and participates in seminars, and is available for individual consultation.


Lawrence Rainey 
BA (Valparaiso), MA, PhD (Chicago)

Lawrence Rainey has written extensively on the classic works of Anglo-American modernism, including monographs on Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot. He is currently at work on a cultural history of the typist, secretary, or stenographer as depicted in film and fiction from 1890 to 1940, a study that examines nearly three hundred films and novels.

Felicity Riddy

BA (NZ), MA (Auckland), BPhil (Oxon), DUniv (York), FRSE
Emerita Professor

Felicity Riddy has published extensively on a wide range of subjects relating to the literature and culture of England and Scotland in the later Middle Ages.

John Roe
BA (Cantab), MA (Harvard), MA (Cantab), PhD (Harvard)
Emeritus Professor

John Roe's main research areas are Shakespeare, and English and Italian Renaissance literature.  His publications include The Poems of Shakespeare (an edition) and Shakespeare and Machiavelli.  He has a keen interest in modern American poetry and has also contributed 'John Berryman' to the Continuuum 'Great Shakespeareans' series.  An abiding passion is the work of the novelist Anthony Powell, and he is a trustee of the Anthony Powell Society.  Following his retirement from York he has taught in Germany at the University of the Saarland.


contact c/o the English Department

Nicole Ward Jouve
Lic ès-L, Dip Et Sup, Agr de L'Un, Anc EI ENS de Sèvres
Emerita Professor

Nicole Ward Jouve is Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of York, has published fiction and essays in English and French, and has research interests in psychoanalysis, spirituality and self-development, and writing family memoirs as well as fiction.

Judith Woolf
BA (Sussex), PhD (York)
Honorary Fellow

Judith Woolf's main academic research areas are twentieth century Italian-Jewish writers, especially Primo Levi and Natalia Ginzburg; life writing, especially in relation to the Holocaust; the relationship between photography and Victorian and Edwardian fiction; and narrative patterns in European literature.