Dr Hannah Ryley


My research interests include manuscript studies, material culture, ecocriticism, postcolonial literature and theory, and early print culture. I contribute to the ‘Material Evidence in Incunabula’ database (part of the 15cBOOKTRADE database), and I was the Research Support Officer for the new ‘Oxford Centre for Textual Editing and Theory’ (known as OCTET), based in the English Faculty.

In my forthcoming monograph, Re-Using Manuscripts in Late Medieval England, I argue that fifteenth-century reuse and recycling of book materials were customary aspects of production and symptomatic of more widespread sustainable practices in manuscript culture. This book is contracted for publication in 2021 with York Medieval Press, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer.

In addition, I am co-editing a volume on medieval recipe culture with Dr Carrie Griffin (University of Limerick, Ireland).


At Magdalen, I teach the Middle English paper (Final Honours School Paper 2). I also tutor first-year students the English Language paper (Prelims paper 1), the Early Medieval English paper (Prelims paper 2), and Course II papers. I have supervised a dissertation on Saracen romances. In addition, I enjoy incorporating material culture and material texts into my teaching.

During Trinity term 2018 I was an Ashmolean Junior Teaching Fellow. In 2019, following the ‘Enhancing Teaching Programme’ at the Oxford Learning Institute, I was delighted to be awarded a qualification for ‘Learning Teaching and Assessing’.

I look forward to co-convening the Paper 6: 'Seeing through texts: visual literary culture in late-medieval England' with Dr Nick Perkins in Michaelmas term 2020.


  College profile


I read English at Durham, then came to Oxford for the MSt in English 650-1550. I completed my DPhil in 2017, supervised by Professor Daniel Wakelin. During my doctoral studies at Worcester College here in Oxford I was awarded the Martin Senior Scholarship and the Wilkinson Junior Research Fellowship.