Vincent Gillespie

Vincent Gillespie is J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. He works on catechetical, devotional and contemplative texts produced in England in the Middle Ages. He is also interested in the medieval literary theory and the psychology of literary response. Recent work has focussed on the Birgittine house of Syon Abbey, and in particular on the books and spirituality of the brethren. His edition of the brethren’s library registrum was published in 2001 as part of the Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues. A selection of his articles will be published in 2010 as Looking in Holy Books: Essays on Late-Medieval Religious Writing in England (University of Wales Press). He is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism (2010) and of After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England. He is currently editing A Companion to Early Printing in Britain. He was the 2009-10 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.