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Dr Leah TetherBA Hons(Dunelm.), MA(Dunelm.), PhD(Dunelm.)

Reader in Medieval Literature and Digital Cultures

Leah Tether

Dr Leah TetherBA Hons(Dunelm.), MA(Dunelm.), PhD(Dunelm.)

Reader in Medieval Literature and Digital Cultures

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External positions

External Examiner - Publishing, Bath Spa University

1 Sep 2015 → …

Research interests

Leah Tether is a scholar of medieval French literature, Arthurian romance, book history and publishing studies. She completed her PhD in Medieval Literature at Durham in 2009 and then became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. She has a background in trade publishing, having worked at Penguin Books, and became a Lecturer in Publishing in 2010. She took up the post of MA Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in 2012, and then became a Principal Lecturer in 2014.

Leah joined the University of Bristol in 2015, and is the Graduate Dean/Education Director for the Faculty of Arts, as well as the Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies. Her current research looks at the impact of digital cultures on literary study and reading experiences, as well as the publishing histories of Arthurian narratives. Her latest monograph, on publishing Grail literature prior to the advent of print, was published in November 2017. She is now working on a project exploring medieval literature that didn't make it to print in the early-modern period, with a monograph on the subject due for publication in 2022 with DeGruyter.

Research supervision

Leah is able to supervise research postgraduates in the following areas: Arthurian Literature (French and English); digital humanities; history of the book; medieval and digital reading cultures; medieval French literature 1200-1400; publishing studies.


Leah’s current undergraduate teaching covers medieval English and French literature, trans-historical Arthurian literature, publishing and digital studies. At postgraduate level, she teaches on material and digital cultures of literature.

Current Affiliations

President - International Arthurian Society British Branch

Outreach Officer - Association for Publishing Education

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Trustee - The Vinaver Trust

Editor-in-Chief - Journal of the International Arthurian Society


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