Dr Philip Knox, Trinity



Biographical Information

I am a University Lecturer and a fellow of Trinity College. Before arriving at Cambridge, I was a junior research fellow at New College, Oxford, where I also carried out my doctoral studies. For Part I of the undergraduate course I teach Paper 3 (1300–1550), and for Part II I teach a number of different papers. I also teach on the Medieval and Renaissance MPhil course.

Research Interests

My research focuses on how the literature of fourteenth-century England interacts with literature from the continent. My primary interest is in how English writers like Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, William Langland, and the Gawain-poet respond to a hugely influential French poem called the Romance of the Rose. I am currently preparing a monograph that looks at the reception of this text in medieval England, with a particular focus on how authors respond to the kinds of claims this poem makes for the place of human sexual desire in the natural order. I’m also interested in how medieval literature interacts with intellectual culture in all its forms, and am co-editing a book (with Jonathan Morton of KCL and Daniel Reeve of ICI Berlin) that looks at these issues, entitled Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry, Hypothesis and Experience in the European Middle Ages. Finally, I’m interested in medieval lyric, and especially in the interaction between lyric and narrative in the Middle Ages. I work a lot with manuscript materials, and I like to use Cambridge’s rich collections of medieval books in my teaching.

I am one of the editors of New Medieval Literatures.

pk453 [at] cam.ac.uk

Selected Publications

[ed., with Jonathan Morton and Daniel Reeve], Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry, Hypothesis, and Experience in the European Middle Ages, Disputatio 31 (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2018)

‘Circularity and Linearity: The Idea of the Lyric and the Idea of the Book in the Cent Ballades of Jean le Seneschal’, New Medieval Literatures 16 (2016), 213–49.
[with William Poole and Mark Griffith], ‘Reading Chaucer in New College, Oxford, in the 1630s: The Commendatory Verses to Francis Kynaston’s  Amorum Troili et Creseidae’, Medium Aevum 85 (2016), 33–58.
‘The “Dialect” of Chaucer’s Reeve’, The Chaucer Review 49 (2014), 102–24.

‘The English Glosses in Walter of Bibbesworth’s Tretiz’, Notes and Queries 60 (2013), 349–59.

Chapters in Books
‘Desire for the Good: Jean de Meun, Boethius, and the "homme devisé en deuz"', in Knox, Morton and Reeve (eds), Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry, Hypothesis, and Experience in the European Middle Ages (forthcoming 2018).

‘The Perfect Knight’ [an extract from Gui de Warewic, translated from the Anglo-Norman], in Laura Ashe (ed.), Early Fiction in England, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin, 2015)