Dr Diane Speed

Dr Diane Speed

PhD Lond., MA Hons, MTh Hons
Honorary Research Associate

Research Groups

Selected publications

  • 'From Vulgate to Vernacular: Creation and Fall in Early Middle English Texts', in The Medieval Translator 10, 2007.
  • 'Chivalric Perspectives in the Middle English Otuel Romances', in Ruth Evans, Helen Fulton, David Matthews, eds, Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006, pp. 213-24.
  • 'Bede's Mapping of England', in Geraldine Barnes, ed., with Gabrielle Singleton, Travel and Travellers from Bede to Dampier, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2005, pp. 9-23.
  • 'Christian Perspectives in The Lord of the Rings', Sydney Studies in English 30 (2004), 79-92.
  • 'Translation and Conversion in the Romance of Duke Rowlande and Sir Ottuell of Spayne', The Medieval Translator 8 (2003), 235-44.
  • Withycombe, Susan Mary Woolcock, Honourable Engagement: St Mark's Church Darling Point: The First 150 Years, Foreword by M. L. Loane, Additional Material [and Edition] by Diane Speed, Index by Robert S. M. Withycombe, Sydney: St Mark's Church Darling Point, 2002.
  • 'Middle English Romance and the Gesta Romanorum', in Rosalind Field, ed., Tradition and Transformation in Medieval Romance, in Cambridge: Brewer, 1999, pp. 45-56.
  • 'The Grene Knight', in W. R. J. Barron, ed., Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, 2: The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999, pp. 199-201.
  • 'Quest and Question in The Wife of Bath's Tale', Sydney Studies in English 22 (1996-97), 3-14.
  • 'The pattern of Providence in Chevelere Assigne', in Rosalind Field, Jennifer Fellows, Gillian Rogers, Judith Weiss, eds, Romance Reading on the Book: Studies in the Romance of Medieval Britain, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996, pp. 143-54.
  • 'The presentation of the poem beginning louerd asse thu ard on God in Cambridge, Trinity College MS B.14.39', in Bernadette A. Masters, ed., Victoria B. Jordan, assoc. ed., Scribe, Text, Artefact, Parergon ns 13.2 (1996: special edn), pp. 165-78.
  • 'King Lear and the Brut', in Geoffrey Little, ed., Imperfect Comprehensions: Essays in English Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes, Sydney: Challis, 1996, pp. 56-73.
  • 'The Construction of the Nation in Medieval English Romance', in Carol M. Meale, ed., Readings in Middle English Romance, Cambridge: Brewer, 1994, pp. 135-57.
  • 'Havelok's Predecessor', in Peter Rolfe Monks and D. D. R. Owen, eds, Medieval Codicology, Iconography, Literature and Translation: Studies for Keith Val Sinclair, Litterae Textuales, Leiden: Brill, 1994, pp. 176-93.
  • 'Text and Meaning in the South English Legendary Lives of Æthelwold', Notes and Queries ns 41 (1994), 295-301.
  • Medieval English Romances, 3rd edn, Durham Medieval Texts 8, Durham: University of Durham, 1993; 1st and 2nd edn University of Sydney, 1987 and 1989. [Editions of Havelok, Sir Orfeo, Chevelere Assigne, Sir Cleges, Rauf Coilyear, and The Grene Knight, with full apparatus].
  • 'Bede's creation of a nation in his Ecclesiastical History', in Diane Speed, Sue Spinks, Susan Mary Withycombe, eds, Essays on Early England in honour of Audrey Meaney, Parergon ns 10.2 (1992: special edn), pp. 139-54.
  • 'Character and Circumstance in The Franklin's Tale', Sydney Studies in English 15 (1989-90), 3-30.
  • 'The Saracens of King Horn', Speculum 65 (1990), 564-95.

Areas of teaching and research topics


  • Language and literature of medieval England 1100-1500, especially Chaucer, Gower, the Gawain-poet, Langland, Henryson, Dunbar, popular romances.
  • Intellectual and cultural contexts of medieval literature.
  • History, theory, and practice of scholarship.
  • The English Bible and biblical literature.
  • Medievalism, especially Tolkien.

Research Topics

  • Exemplum
  • Romance
  • The Charlemagne legend
  • The Trojan legend
  • Biblical literature
  • Literature and theology