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Dr Michael Huxtable

Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature

Research postgraduate

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Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature in the Department of English StudiesRoom 284, Elvet Riverside 
Tutor of St Chad's College  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


Mike Huxtable studied Philosophy and English at the University of York and has obtained Masters degrees in both subjects. He completed a doctorate in 2008 in Durham on the phenomenology of colour and its perception in medieval literature. Mike's research interests include medieval philosophy, theology and the history of ideas; the semiology of medieval art and culture (in particular heraldry), and the influence of visuality on literary creativity.

Recent publications:

Huxtable, Michael J. ‘The Relationship of Light and Colour in Medieval Thought and Imagination’, in On Light, ed. K. P. Clarke and Sarah Baccianti, Medium Ævum Monographs (Oxford: S.S.M.L.L., 2014) 25-44.

The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De colore: Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis, ed. and essays by Greti Dinkova-Braun, Giles E. M. Gasper, Michael J. Huxtable, Tom C. B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti, and Hannah Smithson, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies-Durham Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Texts (Toronto: PIMS, 2013).

Huxtable, Michael J., ‘Aspects of Armorial Colour and its Perception in Medieval Writing’, New Directions in Colour Studies, ed. Carole Biggam, Carole Hough, and Christine Kay (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011), 191-202.

Huxtable, Michael J., 'The Medieval Gaze at Grips with a Medieval World,' Progress in Colour Studies Vol.I., ed. C. P. Biggam and C. Kay (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2006) 193-214.

Research Projects


Chapter in book

  • Huxtable, Michael & O'Donnell, Ronan (2018). 'Medieval Colour'. In The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain. Gerrard, Christopher & Gutiérrez, Alejandra Oxford University Press. 742-758.
  • Huxtable, Michael J. (2014). 'The Relationship of Light and Colour in Medieval Thought and Imagination'. In On Light. Clarke, K. P. & Baccianti, Sarah The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. 25-44.
  • Huxtable, Michael J. (2011). 'Aspects of Armorial Colours and their Perception in Medieval Literature'. In New Directions in Colour Studies. Biggam, Carole P., Hough, Carole A., Kay, Christian J. & Simmons, David R. John Benjamins. 191-203.
  • Huxtable, M. J. (2006). 'The Medieval Gaze at Grips with a Medieval World'. In Progress in Colour Studies Volume I. Language and culture. Biggam, Carole P. & Kay, Christian John Benjamins.

Supervision students