Visiting Professors

For over thirty years, the Medieval Studies Program has hosted the Charles A. Owen, Jr. Visiting Professor to teach an intensive graduate seminar during the month of September. Below is a list of recent Visiting Professors and their courses.

Charles A. Owen, Jr. Visiting Professor for the Fall 2018

The Medieval Studies program is pleased to announce the Charles A. Owen, Jr. Visiting Professor for the Fall 2018 semester: Kathleen Kennedy, “The Book: From Cuneiform to Cyberspace”

Originally designed as a full-term course offered by a resident faculty member, this iteration of “The Book: Cuneiform to Cyberspace” will pick and choose a bit, emphasizing introduction to manuscript and early print codicology and intellectual property issues as they developed from early print to the present digital era. Area rare books collections will furnish labs in which we will work, thinking about how book studies might supplement our own developing projects, but also how we might inject book studies lessons into our teaching at all levels.

Readings will include selections from the following:
Clemens and Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies 978-0-8014-8708-8
Joseph Dane, What Is a Book? 978-0-268-02609-7
Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press As an Agent of Change 978052129955
Sebastian Sobecki, Unwritten Verities 978-0-268-04145-8
Mark Rose, Authors and Owners: the Invention of Copyright 9780674053090
Adrian Johns, Piracy 9780226401195

Former Visiting Professors

2017: Turn to Global Medieval StudiesSeries of workshops throughout the academic year

2016: Francis Gingras, Université de Montréal, “Anglo-Norman Literature: From the Channel to the Mediterranean”

2015: Dyan Elliott, Northwestern University, “The Medieval Church as School for Scandal”

2014: Henrike Lähnemann, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, “The Nuns’ Manuscripts”

2013: Barbara Bombi, School of History, University of Kent, “The Medieval Papacy”

2012: Julia Boffey, Queen Mary, University of London, “Being an Author, 1450-1550”

2011: Simon Horobin, University of Oxford, “Reading the Medieval Book”

2010: Paul Russell, University of Cambridge, “The Learned Contexts of Literature in Medieval Ireland and Wales”

2009: Daniel Wakelin, University of Cambridge, “The Implications of Material Texts”

2008: Henrietta Leyser, University of Oxford, “Piety and Place in England 1000-1300”

2007: Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, University of York, “The French of England: Documentary and Literary Cultures”

2006: Robert Mills, King’s College, University of London, “The Body of the Medieval Friend”

2005: Diane Watt, University of Wales, “Women and Writing in the Middle Ages”

2004: Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of London, “Mary – An Intimate History of Christian Culture”

2003: James Simpson, University of Cambridge, “Suffering History: Exemplary Lives in Medieval Literature”

2002: Donald Scragg, University of Manchester, “The Editing of Old English”

2001: Derek Pearsall, Harvard University, “Text and Image, 1200-1500”

2000: Maire Ni Mhaonaigh, University of Cambridge, “Medieval Irish Narrative Literature”

1999: Andy Orchard, University of Cambridge, “Riddle Traditions of Early England”

1998: Miri Rubin, University of Oxford, “Medieval Bodies”

1997: James Simpson, University of Cambridge, “Lydgate and His Circle”

1996: Miri Rubin, University of Oxford, “Reading Medieval Voices”

1995: Piero Boitani, University of Rome, “Late Medieval Narrative: Italian to English” (class held Spring 1996)

1994: Douglas Gray, University of Oxfrod, “Word and Image in Medieval Literature”

1993: David Luscombe, University of Sheffield, “Abelard”

1992: Peter Brown, Princeton Universtiy, “Literature and History”

1991: Helen Cooper, University of Oxford, “Images of Women in Medieval Literature”

1990: Joerg Fichte, University of Tübingen, “The Middle English Arthurian Verse Romance”