Dr James Wade


James Wade came to Cambridge as a PhD student after completing an MA at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, and a BA in English at Boise State University. In 2008 he completed a thesis on fairies in Middle English and Anglo-Norman romance. The book based on this work, Fairies in Medieval Romance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), offers a counter-reading to theories of the Celtic origins of medieval fairies and suggests ways in which these strange characters can help us think about the internal logics of medieval romance.

In 2007-2008 James was a Donaldson Bye-Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge, in 2008-2009 he was a Lecturer in English at Penn State University, and from 2009-2012 he was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College Cambridge. His current project looks to the correlations between affect and ethics in late-medieval secular fiction, particularly in the contexts of fifteenth-century miscellany manuscripts. He is also working on a new edition of Sir Torrent of Portingale.

James teaches the 1066-1350 and the 1300-1550 papers in Part I, and the 'Chaucer' and 'Dreams and Visions' papers in Part II. He also supervises on Practical Criticism and Shakespeare.

James is a Fellow of Girton College and a Bye-Fellow of Christ's.