Professor Barry Windeatt

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MA, LittD

Life Fellow; Keeper of Rare Books
Emeritus Professor of English


Barry Windeatt is Keeper of Rare Books and is preparing a catalogue of the Graham Watson Collection of hand-coloured books c.1770-1840 in Emmanuel College Library, as well as revising the catalogue of the College’s portraits and pictures.

At various times he has been Director of Studies in English (1979-97), a Tutor (1982-95), Vice-Master, and Chair of the Research Fellowships Committee (2013-20), and more briefly: Acting Admissions Tutor in Arts (1991), Financial Tutor (1992-3), Acting Graduate Tutor (1993), and has acted as Fellow Librarian and Archivist.


His research focusses on the literature of later medieval England in its European dimension and also in relation to its contemporary visual culture, with particular interests in Chaucer and in such contemplative writers as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.

List of publications

He is currently completing two projects: a cultural history of text and image in medieval East Anglia, and a study of gesture and body language in medieval writing.