Anne Hudson (literary historian)

Anne Hudson

Anne Mary Hudson

(1938-08-28) 28 August 1938 (age 81)
Academic background
EducationDartford Grammar School for Girls
Alma materSt Hugh's College, Oxford
Academic work
DisciplineEnglish Literature
InstitutionsLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
University of Oxford

Anne Mary Hudson, FBA, FRHistS (born 28 August 1938) is a British retired literary historian and academic. She was a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1963 to 2003, and Professor of Medieval English at the University of Oxford from 1989 to 2003.

Early life and education[edit]

Hudson was born on 28 August 1938. She was educated at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, an all-girls state grammar school in Dartford, Kent. She studied English at St Hugh's College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, her BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree. She also undertook postgraduate research at Oxford, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1964.[1]

Academic career[edit]

From 1961 to 1963, Hudson was a college lecturer in Medieval English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. In 1963, she was elected a Fellow of LMH and appointed a Tutor in English. She also held positions in the Faculty of English Language and Literature of University of Oxford: she was a CUF lecturer from 1963 to 1981, a special lecturer from 1981 to 1983, held a British Academy Readership in the Humanities from 1983 to 1986, was a lecturer in Medieval English from 1986 to 1989, before being appointed Professor of Medieval English in 1989.[1] She retired from full-time academia in 2003, and was made an honorary fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.[1][2]

In addition to her university posts, she has held a number of senior appointments at the Early English Text Society: she served as executive secretary from 1969 to 1982 and its director from 2006 to 2013; she has been a member of its council since 1982.[1]


In 1976, Hudson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).[1][3] She has twice been awarded the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize by the British Academy; in 1985 and in 1991.[4] In 1988, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.[1][5]

A Festschrift was published in 2005 in honour of Hudson. It was titled Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale: Essays in Honour of Anne Hudson and was edited by Helen Barr and Ann M. Hutchison.[6]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 'HUDSON, Prof. Anne Mary', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 22 Nov 2017
  2. ^ "Honorary and Emeritus Fellows". Lady Margaret Hall. University of Oxford. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Fellows – H" (PDF). Royal Historical Society. May 2016. Archived from the original (pdf) on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  4. ^ "SIR ISRAEL GOLLANCZ MEMORIAL PRIZE" (pdf). British Academy. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Professor Anne Hudson". British Academy. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ Barr, Helen; Hutchison, Ann M., eds. (2005). Text and controversy from Wyclif to Bale : essays in honour of Anne Hudson. Turnhout: Brepols. ISBN 978-2503522098.