Kantik Ghosh
Stirling Boyd Fellow and Tutor in English


I was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (where I wrote my doctoral thesis), with the occasional brief stint in Berlin and Tokyo. I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, and was a Darby Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, before joining Trinity as a Tutorial Fellow. In recent years, I have been involved in collaborative research projects based in Oxford, Cambridge, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Groningen and Prague.


At the undergraduate level, I teach Old and Middle English language and literature, and share the teaching of Shakespeare with my colleague at Trinity, Dr Bea Groves. Old English is a first-year paper; Medieval literature is mostly taught in the second year; Shakespeare over the second and third years.  College teaching takes the form of tutorials (with one, two or three students), and classes and seminars (with six to eight students). The later periods are covered primarily by Dr Stefano Evangelista (19th-20th centuries) and Dr Groves (16th-17th centuries).

I also regularly teach graduate students reading for the MSt. in English Literature (650-1550), the interdisciplinary MSt. in Medieval Studies and the MPhil., and supervise doctoral candidates.


I am a medievalist, with a focus on later-medieval religious, intellectual and literary history.  I take a particular interest in the thought of medieval universities, including my own.  Controversial writings in the field of religion, especially those affiliated to the thought of the famous Oxford theologian (later condemned as a heretic), John Wyclif, are a special area of interest. I collaborate regularly with colleagues who specialise in the intellectual history of other regions of later medieval Europe, in particular with those who study Prague and Vienna. I also work on medieval literary theory, Older Scots poetry and, in recent years, on the history of scepticism and probabilism.


Selected Publications

  • Uncertain Knowledge: Scepticism, Relativism and Doubt in the Middle Ages, ed. Dallas G. Denery II, Kantik Ghosh and Nicolette Zeeman, Disputatio 14 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2014).
  • After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth Century England, ed. Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh, Medieval Church Studies 21 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2011).
  • The Wycliffite Heresy: Authority and the Interpretation of Texts, Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature 45 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002; p/back 2009).