Dr Lawrence Warner

Lawrence Warner

BA Yale PhD Penn
Senior Lecturer

+61 2 9351 4286
Room N427, John Woolley Building (A20)

I am a specialist in Middle English literature, especially its production and transmission histories. My book The Lost History of "Piers Plowman" has been published early this year by the University of Pennsylvania Press. My essays have covered topics ranging from the twelfth-century Hebrew autobiography of a Jewish convert to Shakespeare's Othello. I am also co-editor of The Yearbook of Langland Studies. From 2003-2007 I lectured in the English department at the University of Adelaide; prior to that I was Executive Director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, having moved to Australia from Philadelphia in 2000.

Research areas

  • Medieval literature and culture, especially Piers Plowman
  • Early modern literature and culture
  • Cross-cultural contact in medieval Europe

Current projects

  • An electronic edition of National Library of Wales MS 733B for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive.
  • A book on the production and transmission of Langland's work, c. 1350-1850.

Publications 2005-2011

  • Warner, L 2011, The Lost History of Piers Plowman: The Earliest Transmission of Langland's Work, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia
Journal articles
  • Warner, L 2009, New light on Piers Plowman's ownership, ca. 1450-1600, Early Book Society Journal: for the study of manuscripts and printing history, 12, 183-194
  • Warner, L 2009, The gentleman's Piers Plowman: John Mitford and his annotated copy of the 1550 edition of William Langland's great poem, The La Trobe Journal, 84(12), 104-112
  • Warner, L 2008, Latin verses by John Gower and 'John of Bridlington' in a Piers Plowman manuscript, Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 253(2), 127-131
  • Warner, L 2008, The University of Sydney Statuta Angliae (RB Add. MS 39) and the 45,011 parish churches: England's most popular urban myth, ca. 1327-1606, Script & Print: bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 32(1), 21-35
  • Warner, L 2007, An Overlooked Piers Plowman Excerpt and the Oral Circulation of Non-Reformist Prophecy, c. 1520-55, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, 21, 119-142
  • Warner, L 2007, The Ending, and End, of Piers Plowman B: The C-Version Origins of the Final Two Passus, Medium Aevum, 76(2), 225-250
  • Warner, L 2006, Langland and the problem of William of Palerne, Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 37, 397-415
  • Warner, L 2006, Obadiah the Proselyte and the Judaizing Crusade, New Medieval Literatures, 8, 151-173
  • Warner, L 2005, John But and the Other Works that Will Wrought (Piers Plowman A XII 1012), Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 52(1), 13-18
Book chapters
  • Warner, L 2010, Desdemona's wooing: towards a pre-1538 Othello, Word and Self Estranged in English Texts, 1550-1660, Ashgate, Surrey, UK, 121-134
  • Warner, L 2010, William Langland: Piers Plowman, A Companion to Medieval Poetry, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, West Sussex, UK, 401-413
  • Warner, L 2007, Adventurous Custance: St. Thomas of Acre and Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale, Place, Space, and Landscape in Medieval Narrative, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, 43-59