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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 Agostino Paravicini Bagliani

The history of Papacy in the Middle Ages (11-15 c.): with particular attention on cultural anthropology, self-representation, symbolism, rituality and prolongation of life

Professor Bruce Campbell

The economic history of late-medieval Britain and Ireland, with particular reference to human-environment interactions during the 14th century and trends in agricultural output and productivity from the 13th to 19th centuries

Dr Jean Dunbabin

French history from 1000 - 1350; the French in the kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1309; the political ideas of Godfrey of Viterbo; the sires de Beaujeu, 950-1350