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Professor Helen Phillips - BA Hons (Oxford), MA (Warwick), MPhil (Oxford), PhD (Nottingham)


Professor Helen Phillips Position: Professor Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 75617
Extension: 75617
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature

Postgraduate Students

I would be very happy to discuss enquiries and proposals from students interested in researching in any of my research areas.

Research Interests

Medieval literature; medievalism; Georgians.


Selected publications

(ed.) Bandit Territories: British Outlaws and their Traditions (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008).

(ed.) Robin Hood: Medieval and Post Medieval (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)

Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Fiction, Reading, Context (Basingstoke: Macmillan/Palgrave, 2000);
published also by New York: St Martins, 2005

(ed. with Nick Havely), Chaucer’s Dream Poetry (Harlow: Longman-Pearson, 1997)

Merry, Merry Men and Greenwood: A History of Some Meanings’, in Images of Robin Hood, ed. Lois Potter and Joshua Colhoun (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008)

‘Class, Gender, Region, and Nation in Translation in England up to 1550,” invited chapter for Literary Translation in England, Up to 1550, ed. Roger Ellis, volume I of the Oxford History of Literary Translation in English (OUP 2008)

‘Scott and the Outlaws’ in Bandit Territoriesabove

‘Bandit Territories and the Good Outlaw’ in Bandit Territories above

‘Nature, Masculinity and Suffering Women: The Remaking of the Flower and the Leaf and Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women in the Nineteenth-Century’, in The Making of the Middle Ages: The Liverpool Lectures, ed. A. Hamer, M. Heale, & M. Costembeys (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007)

 ‘“A gay yeman under a forest side”: Chaucer’s Friar’s Tale and the Robin Hood Ballads’, in Medieval Cultural Studies in Honour of Stephen Knight, ed. R. Evans, H. Fulton, D. Matthews (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006).

‘Chaucer and the Nineteenth-Century City’, in Chaucer and the City, ed. A. Butterfield (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2006).

‘Dream Poems’, in A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c. 1350 – c. 1500, ed. P. Brown (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

‘Remembering Edward I”, in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Texts in Honour of John Scattergood, ed. Anne Marie D’Arcy and Alan J. Fletcher Dublin, 2005)

 ‘Robin Hood, the Prioress of Kirklees and Charlotte Brontë’, in Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval above

‘Introduction: Studying Robin Hood’, in Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval, above

‘Scott and Chaucer, Ekphrasis, Politics, and the Past in The Antiquary’, Poetica 61 (2005)

‘The French Background’, in Chaucer: An Oxford Guide, ed. S. Ellis (Oxford: 2005).

‘Rites of Passage in Medieval English and French Romances’, in Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition in Fourteenth-Century Britain, ed. J. Goldberg, M. Ormrod, N. MacDonald (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2004)

‘“This Mystique Show”: Dryden and the Flower and the Leaf’, Reading Medieval Studies, (2003).

‘Register, Politics, and The Legend of Good Women’, Chaucer Review, 37:2 (2002)

‘Dreams and Dream Lore in Harley MS 2253’, in Studies in the Harley Manuscript 2253, ed. Susanna Fein (Kalamazoo, 2000).

‘Love’, in A Companion to Chaucer, ed. Peter Brown (Oxford: 2000)

‘“Almighty and All-Merciable Queene”: Poems in Praise of the Virgin’, in Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts in Late Medieval Britain, Essays for Felicity Riddy, ed. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne et al. (Turnhout, 2000)

‘Forest, Town, and Road: The Significance of Places and Names in the Robin Hood Ballads,” in Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression and Justice, ed. Thomas Hahn (Woodbridge, 2000)


Political and cultural implications of late-medieval writings and their afterlife. Chaucer, Robin Hood studies, dream poetry, romances, ninenteenth-century medievalism.