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Leah Tether is a scholar of medieval French and English 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. 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 as Senior Lecturer. She became Reader in 2017 and Professor in 2019. She served as the Graduate Education Director for the Faculty of Arts (Deputy Dean of Arts, Graduate Studies) from 2017 to 2021, and was the Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2017/18. From 2021, she has been appointed to the role of University Education Director (Quality). Her current research looks at the publishing histories of vernacular medieval narratives from manuscript to digital. Her monographs include The Continuations of Chrétien's Perceval: Content and Continuation, Extension and Ending (D.S. Brewer, 2012), Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France (D.S. Brewer, 2017), The General Reader and the Academy: Medieval French Literature and Penguin Classics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and The Bristol Merlin: Revealing the Hidden Secrets of a Medieval Fragment (ARC Humanities Press, forthcoming 2021). 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in the early-modern period, with a monograph on the subject due for publication in 2022/23 with DeGruyter entitled Unpublished: Medieval Literature and the Early-Modern Publisher.
Leah is able to supervise research postgraduates in the following areas: Arthurian Literature (French and English) with a focus on manuscript studies; 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 medieval literature, trans-historical Arthurian literature, publishing and digital studies. At postgraduate level, she teaches on material and digital cultures of literature.
President - International Arthurian Society British Branch
International Secretary - International Courtly Literature Society
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
Associate Editor - Cambridge University Press series 'Elements in Publishing and Book Culture'
Office: 3-5 Woodland Road, B15
Tel: +44 (0) 117 42 84496
External Examiner - English (Medieval/Early-Modern), University of Lincoln1 Sep 2021 → …
External Examiner - Publishing, University College London1 Feb 2019 → …
External Examiner - Publishing, Bath Spa University1 Sep 2015 → 1 Nov 2019
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Tether, L., 2022, (In preparation) DeGruyter Mouton.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Tether, L. & Busby, K., 5 Jul 2021, Rewriting Medieval French Literature: Studies in Honour of Jane H. M. Taylor. Tether, L. & Busby, K. (eds.). DeGruyter Mouton, p. 1 9 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a report
Pohl, B. & Tether, L., 7 Apr 2021, In: Catholic Archives. (2021), 41 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile23 Downloads (Pure)
Leah Tether (Invited speaker)11 Feb 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk
7 Jan 2021 → 8 Jan 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Leah Tether (Invited speaker)24 Sep 2020
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course