Department of English

University of Toronto

Gillespie, Alexandra

Alexandra Gillespie
Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga; Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Mississauga
UTM Office Phone: 905-828-3737
UTM Office Location: MN 5292
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 914; Centre for Medieval Studies (mailing address)
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA
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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 Program

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 67.2 (2004). 

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 (2007): 245-86.

“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

Current Research

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.

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