Department of English

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Galey, Alan

Alan Galey
Alan Galey
Associate Professor, Faculty of Information (cross-appointed to English), and Director of the Book History & Print Culture Collaborative Program, University of Toronto St. George
UTSG Office Location: Bissell Building, Faculty of Information, Room 646

Teaching and Research Interests: Book history; bibliography; history of reading; digital humanities; media history; archives; Shakespeare

B.A. (U Victoria), M.A. (U Victoria), Ph.D. (Western)

Alan Galey is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and Director of the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, and holds a cross-appointment to the Department of English. His research and teaching are located at the intersection of textual studies, the history of books and reading, and the digital humanities, and his current research focuses on the bibliographical study of born-digital texts and artifacts. His first monograph book, The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity, was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. 

His current primary research is a project called Bibliographic Methods for Born-Digital Texts: From Paratext to Performance, funded from 2018 to 2022 by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The primary result of this project will be a book-length study tentatively titled The Veil of Code: Studies in Born-Digital Bibliography. For more details, see the project's blog. His secondary projects include a set of open-source digital prototypes titled Visualizing Variation, and the digital book history project Architectures of the Book ( For more on his research and teaching (including course syllabi), see his personal site at  


The Veil of Code: Studies in Born-Digital Bibliography. (in progress)

The Shakespearean Archive: New Media Experiments from the Renaissance to Postmodernity. Cambridge University Press, 2014. 

Travis DeCook and Alan Galey, ed. Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures. New York: Routledge, 2011. 

Articles and Book Chapters 
“Looking for a Place to Happen: Collective Memory, Digital Music Archiving, and The Tragically Hip.” Archivaria 86 (2018): 6–43.

(with Rebecca Niles). “Moving Parts: Digital Modeling and the Infrastructures of Shakespeare Editing.” Shakespeare Quarterly 68.1 (2017): 21–55.

“Reading Shakespeare Through Media Archaeology.” Shakespeare in Our Time: a Shakespeare Association of America Collection. Ed. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett. London: Bloomsbury—Arden Shakespeare, 2016. 103–6.

“Encoding as Editing as Reading.” Shakespeare and Textual Studies. Ed. Margaret Jane Kidnie and Sonia Massai. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 196–211.

“The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination.” Book History 15 (2012): 210–47.

(with Jon Bath, Rebecca Niles, and Richard Cunningham.) “Imagining the Architectures of the Book: Textual Scholarship and the Digital Book Arts.” Textual Cultures 7.2 (2012): 20–42.

“Reading the Book of Mozilla: Web Browsers and the Materiality of Digital Texts.” The History of Reading, Vol. 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics. Ed. Rosalind Crone and Shafquat Towheed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 196–214.

“Mechanick Exercises: The Question of Technical Competence in Digital Scholarly Editing.” Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics. Ed. Gabriel Egan. Toronto & Tempe, AZ: Iter/Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2010. 81–101.

(with Stan Ruecker.) “How a Prototype Argues.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 25.4 (2010): 405–24.

“The Human Presence in Digital Artifacts.” Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects of Digitalization on Ideas, Behaviours, Products, and Institutions. Ed. Willard McCarty. Cambridge: Open Book, 2010. 93–117

Digital Projects 
The Veil of Code

Visualizing Variation 

Architectures of the Book

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