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UK Fellow, Medieval Studies, elected in 2013

Professor Vincent Gillespie FBA

Medieval literary theory and the psychology of literary response; poetic identity in the Middle Ages; Nietzschean slow reading; medieval religious writing ("vernacular theology"); Syon Abbey; history of the book
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About this Fellow

At the core of most of what I do is a curiosity about the psychology of literary response: the ways in which writers struggle to express experiences and acts of imagination, the strategies they use to articulate their understanding of these experiences and imaginative acts, and the codes and conventions that develop between texts and readers to allow communication and understanding to develop and to be manipulated. What the Arabs called 'the imaginative syllogism' drives my interest in medieval poetic (as sharply distinguished from rhetorical) theory as it can be recovered from commentaries and theoretical writings from the twelfth through to the sixteenth centuries.

Website: http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/Tutors/Fellows/Profiles/Prof--Vincent-Gillespie.aspx

Appointments

Current post

  • J R R Tolkien Professor of English, University of Oxford

Publications

Syon Abbey, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues 9 British Library, 2001

Looking in Holy Books: Essays on Late Medieval Religious Writing in England Brepols, 2012

After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England, ed. Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh Brepols, 2011

Probable Truth: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Vincent Gillespie and Anne Hudson Brepols, 2013

‘Fatherless Books: Authorship, Attribution and Orthodoxy in Later Medieval England,’ in The Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ: Exploring the Middle English Tradition, ed. Ian Johnson and Allan Westphall Brepols, 2013

'The Study of Classical and Secular Authors from the Twelfth Century to c.1450,' in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, II: The Medieval Period, ed. A.J. Minnis and Ian Johnson, pp. 145-235. CUP, 2005

Other Medieval Studies Fellows

Professor Malcolm Godden

Anglo-Saxon literature, especially Ælfric and the Alfredian writings; early medieval commentary on Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy

Professor John Marenbon

The history of philosophy, especially c.500 – c.1700, with a focus on Boethius, Anselm and Abelard, but including philosophers up to Leibniz

Professor Susan Rankin

Western medieval music and its transmission and notation from the origins to the thirteenth century and the development of the Latin liturgy, with an especial focus on ritual

Professor David Abulafia

The political, economic, religious and social history of the Mediterranean in the late Middle Ages, especially Italy and Spain; attitudes in late medieval Europe to non-Christian religions and peoples