Gillespie, Alexandra Chair, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto at Mississauga; Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
UTM Office Phone: 905-828-5394
UTM Office Location: Erindale Hall, 309C
Mailing Address: Centre for Medieval Studies (mailing address)
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 903
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Teaching and Research Interests
Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance Literature; History of the Book (manuscript and print) – faculty member, Centre for Medieval Studies; Book History and Print Culture Programme.
BA (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington; MSt, MA, DPhil, University of Oxford.
Print Culture and the Medieval Author: Chaucer, Lydgate, and Their Books, 1473-1557
. Oxford UP, 2006.
Editor. Manuscript, Print, and Early Tudor Literature
. Special number of Huntington Library Quarterly
With Arthur Bahr, eds. Medieval English Manuscripts: Form, Aesthetics, and the Literary Text
, special issue of Chaucer Review 47.4 (2013).
With Daniel Wakelin, eds. The Production of Books in England
, 1350-1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
With Ian Gadd. John Stow (1525-1605) and the Making of the English Past
. British Library, 2004.
I have published essays on medieval manuscripts, early printing, and literature of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries – recently:
With Joseph A. Dane. “The Myth of the Cheap Quarto.” Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning
. Ed. John N. King. Cambridge University Press, 2009. 25-45.
“Lydgate, Stow, and the After Lives of St Edmund.” St Edmund, King and Martyr: New Readings in the Medieval Cult
. Ed. Anthony Bale. Boydell and Brewer, 2009. 163-85.
“Bookbinding and Early Printing in England.” A Companion to Early Printing in England
. Ed. Vincent Gillespie and Susan Powell. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2014. 75-94.
“Manuscripts.” Critical Theory Handbooks: A Handbook to Middle English Studies
. Ed. Marion Turner. Oxford: Blackwell, 2013. 171-185.
“Bookbinding.” The Production of Books in England
, 1350-1500. Ed. Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin. Cambridge: Cambridge Universsity Press, 2011. 150-172.
“William Caxton and the Invention of the Printed Book.” The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
. Ed. Cathy Shrank and Mike Pincombe. Oxford UP, 2009. 21-36.
“Production and Dissemination.” A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature: 1100-1500
. Ed. M. Corrie. Blackwell, 2009. 99-119.
“Reading Chaucer’s Words to Adam.” Chaucer Review
42.3 (2008): 269-83.
“Analytical Survey 9: The History of the Book.” New Medieval Literatures
9 (2007): 245-86.
“The History of the Book.” New Medieval Literatures 9
“Books.” Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English
. Ed. Paul Strohm. Oxford UP, 2007. 86-103.
With David Crankshaw. “Parker, Matthew (1504-1575).” The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Online edn
I am working on a book called Chaucer's Books, digital exhibitions associated with John Stow and Matthew Parker's book collections, and a study of extant medieval English bookbindings.