Dr Lesley Coote

Lecturer and Programme Director, Combined Honours (English)

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Lesley Coote is a lecturer in medieval studies, medievalism and early modern studies. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Research Interests

  • Medieval studies, especially romance, prophecy and multilingual (French and Latin) contexts
  • Neo / medievalism, particularly film
  • Literature in a digital age
  • Technology and educational pedagogy

Research groups

Member of the International Studies in Medievalism group, and the International Association for Robin Hood Studies.

Member of the University of Hull’s Andrew Marvell Centre, and the University's Heritage and Transnational research groups.



‘Brief Encounters: Arthur’s Epic Journey in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur’ (2005), in Gail Ashton and Daniel T. Kline, eds., Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture, pp 159-172, New York and Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

‘Journeys to the Edge: Self-Identity, Salvation and Outlaw(ed) Space’, in Stephen Knight, ed., Robin Hood in the Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition, pp 36-53,Turnhout: Brepols, (2011)

(with Dr Brian Levy, his contribution reworked by Coote from remaining notes, with her own additions)‘Mouvance, Greenwood and Gender in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ , in Stephen Knight, ed., Robin Hood in the Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition, pp 117-133,Turnhout: Brepol (2011)

‘A Short Essay about NeoMedievalism’ in Studies, in Medievalism XIX: Defining Neomedievalism(s), Karl Utz, ed., pp 25-33, Cambridge: D.S. Brewer (2010)

‘The Art of Arthurian Cinema’, in A Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. Helen Fulton, ed., pp 511-524, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2009)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Literature in a Digital Age UG L4
  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance UG L5
  • The Courtly and the Godly UG L6
  • Death, the Devil and the End of the World PGT L7

Research PhDs

Dr Coote welcomes applications in

  • Medieval romance, including Arthurian romance (medieval and neo-medieval)
  • Literature and culture from Chaucer to Skelton (including Malory)
  • Outlaw studies and ‘popular’ literature (medieval and neo-medieval, all periods)
  • Multilingual contexts for medieval English literature
  • Medievalism in film, television and ‘new media’
  • Literature in film, television and 'new media'

Completed PhDs

  • Romancing the Ordeal: Pain and Suffering in Medieval English Romance
  • Morgan le Fay and Other Women



Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Appointed a University of Hull Teaching Fellow (2004)
  • Shortlisted for a National Teaching Fellowship (2004)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (UEA)
  • DPhil (York)

External roles

Regularly acts as a reviewer and reader for a variety of journals, including Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, Review of English Studies, Arthuriana, Modern Language Review, Journal of Gender Studies and the BUFVC’s Viewfinder magazine.

Has also acted as a reader / reviewer for publishers including Brepols, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and Manchester University Press.

Member of the advisory board of the online review journal, Medievally Speaking, to which she is also a contributor.

Member of two editorial boards for Brepols publishers’ series: Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, and Medieval Identities in Socio-Cultural Spaces (MiscS), of which she is Chair.

General editor of the series Outlaws in History, Literature and Culture, for Ashgate Publishing.

Regular speaker at conferences, congresses and symposia, on a variety of subjects, such as outlaws in medieval and modern culture, prophecy in the Middle Ages, theories of medievalism and film, crusade films, the medieval image, and various pedagogical subjects relating to medieval studies and IT, and creative forms of assessment in medieval and neo-medieval studies.