Dr Hannah RyleyBack to People

Department: English Language and Literature
Academic position: Lecturer I in English


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.


Here at Magdalen, I teach the Middle English paper (Final Honours School Paper 2). I tutor students at other colleges in Oxford, as well as teaching visiting students. During Trinity term 2018 I was an Ashmolean Junior Teaching Fellow. I enjoy incorporating material culture and material texts into my teaching.

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’ (SEDA PDF; mapped to descriptor 2 of the UK PSF for teaching and supporting learning in HE).


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 am the Research Support Officer for the new ‘Oxford Centre for Textual Editing and Theory’ (known as OCTET), based in the English Faculty.

In my doctoral thesis, I argued that fifteenth-century reuse and recycling of book materials were customary aspects of book production and symptomatic of more widespread sustainable practices in manuscript culture. I am currently editing my first monograph, for publication with York Medieval Press, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer.


Re-using Manuscripts in Late Medieval England (York Medieval Press), forthcoming.

‘Redrafted and Double Wrapped: Binding a Medieval English Romance’, in The New Bookbinder (forthcoming 2019).

‘Constructive Parchment Destruction in Medieval Manuscripts’, in Book 2.0, 7:1 (2017), 9-19.

‘Waste Not, Want Not: the Sustainability of Medieval Manuscripts’, in: ‘Literature and Sustainability’, Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 19:1 (2015), 63-74.