Professor Mishtooni Bose

Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Medieval Poetry in English (2004-onwards)


BA English Language and Literature (Oxford, 1988); M.Phil. in English Studies (Oxford, 1990); D.Phil. (Oxford, 1994)

Academic Background

1985-1991: Jesus College, Oxford; 1991-2: University College; 1992-94: St. Anne's College as Fulford JRF; 1994-5: Keble College (lecturer); 1995-98: Somerville College (Lecturer). From 1998-2004 I was Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture in the School of Humanities, University of Southampton.

Undergraduate Teaching

Old and Middle English language and literature, with particular emphasis on medieval poetry; The English Language.

Research Interests

Late medieval English (particularly fifteenth-century) literature and culture (authors include Langland, Hoccleve, Audelay, Pecock, Skelton, More); scholasticism/humanism and their impact on vernacular writing; relationships and exchanges between 'clerical' and 'lay' literary and intellectual cultures during the period; the influence of medieval French poetry (particularly Guillaume de Deguileville) on English writing in this period.

Publications include 

'Reginald Pecock's Vernacular Voice', in Lollards and Their Influence in Late Medieval England, eds. Fiona Somerset, Jill C. Havens and Derrick G. Pitard (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2003), 217-236.


'Vernacular Philosophy and the Making of Orthodoxy in the Fifteenth Century', New Medieval Literatures 7 (2005), 73-99.


‘The intellectual history of the Middle Ages’, in Palgrave Advances in Intellectual History, eds. Richard Whatmore and Brian Young (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 92-108.


‘The Opponents of John Wyclif’, in A Companion to John Wyclif, ed. Ian Levy (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp. 407-455.


Writing poetry; yoga and meditation; film; contemporary classical and popular music of various countries; educating myself in art history, the history and practice of Buddhism, and Brazilian culture.