Dr James Wade, Girton




Biographical Information

James Wade is a College Associate Professor, Fellow, and Director of Studies at Girton College.

Research Interests

Early English literature, especially Middle English romances, popular writings, and folklore; poetry; songs; Arthurian literature; Chaucer and the Chaucerian tradition; the Gawain-Poet; medieval historiography in England; manuscripts and early print.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Dr. Wade would be happy to hear from potential graduate students interested in any of his research areas.

Selected Publications


  • Sir Torrent of Portingale (ed.). Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2017
  • Fairies in Medieval Romance. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011


  • ‘Supernatural’, ‘Fairy’, and ‘Elf-Queene’ in The Chaucer Encyclopaedia, gen. ed. Richard Newhauser (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2023)
  • ‘A History of Malory’s Morte Darthur in Print’, in The Arthurian World, ed. by Renée Ward, Victoria Coldham-Fussell, and Miriam Edlich-Muth (London: Routledge, 2022)
  • 'Penitential Romance After the Reformation', in Medieval Into Renaissance, ed. by Matthew Woodcock and Andrew King (Cambridge: Brewer, 2016), pp. 91-106
  • 'Romance, Affect and Ethical Thinking in a Fifteenth-Century Household Book: Chetham’s Library MS 8009', New Medieval Literatures, 15 (2015), 255-83
  • ‘The Chapter Headings of the Morte Darthur: Caxton and de Worde’, Modern Philology, 110 (2014), 645-667
  • ‘Confession, Inquisition and Exemplarity in The Erle of Toulousand Other Middle English Romances’, in The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England, ed. by Mary Flannery and Katie Walter (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013), pp. 112-29
  • ‘Arbitrariness and Knowing in Malory’s Morte Darthur, Book IV:18-21’, Studies in Philology, 110.1 (2013), 18-42
  • Ungallant Knights’, in Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance, ed. by Neil Cartlidge (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012), pp. 201-18
  • ‘Malory’s Marginalia Reconsidered’, Arthuriana, 21.3 (2011), 70-86
  • Abduction, Surgery, Madness: An Account of a Little Red Man in Thomas Walsingham’s Chronica Maiora’, Medium Ævum, 77 (2008), 10-29