OUDS SeniOR Members

Professor John Watts


John Watts is a History tutor at Corpus and Professor of Later Medieval History.  He is interested in power-structures and political culture in the middle ages, but he was an enthusiastic actor as a student, appearing in nine plays during his three years as an undergraduate at Cambridge, so he knows a bit about what life is like for student actors, directors and technical people.  He is a co-opted member of the committee, shadowing Ros with a view to succeeding her as the senior member when her term ends.

Dr Ros Ballaster



Professor of 18th Century Studies; Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow, Mansfield College

I have a continuing interest in the representation and construction of the engagement with story  as an ethical experience from the late seventeenth century to the mid nineteenth century, especially in the popular novel and in the theatre. I have published widely on the novel and women’s writing in the eighteenth century and am currently writing a book about the role of the theatre in the invention of the ‘novel’ over this period. The intention here is not simply to consider the use of novel plots as sources for plays but the presence of theatrical models of character, action and affect in the novel of the long eighteenth century, apprenticeships and continuing engagements with the theatre by more or less successful novelists.  I am interested in supervising doctoral students working in eighteenth-century women's writing, in the fiction of fantasy in the same period (it novels, oriental fiction, fairy tales), the early novel, theatre and performance of the Georgian and Regency periods.  

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