Dr Philip Knox, Faculty of English



Biographical Information

pk453 [at] cam.ac.uk

I am a University Lecturer in Medieval English Literature.

I am one of the editors of New Medieval Literatures, an annual of work on medieval textual cultures.

Research Interests

My research focuses on how the literature of fourteenth-century England interacts with literature from mainland Europe. 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 have edited a book (with Jonathan Morton  and Daniel Reeve) that looks at these issues: 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.

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, 2018)

Essays and articles
- ‘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 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), pp. 223-45.
- ‘“Hyt am y”: Voicing Selves in the Book of the Duchess, the Roman de la rose, and the Fonteinne Amoureuse’, in Chaucer’s ‘Book of the Duchess’: Contexts and Interpretations, ed. Jamie Fumo, Chaucer Studies 45 (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2018), pp. 135–56.
- ‘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.

- ‘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)