Cosima Clara Gillhammer

My research interests include textual criticism, medieval liturgy, and the culture of the late medieval period, especially compilation and historiography, Bible translation, and the intersection between manuscript and print culture. I also have a long-standing interest in philology and the history of the English language.

The core of my research at present is to produce an edition of the Middle English Wycliffite Old Testament Lectionary, a project which is funded by the John Fell Fund and the Ludwig Humanities Research Fund. The Old Testament Lectionary has never been subject to detailed analysis, and is likely to be vital in understanding the textual tradition of the Wycliffite Bible. This text is also key in helping us understand better the methods and motivation behind this major fourteenth-century scholarly and literary enterprise. I work in close collaboration with the members of the team on the AHRC-funded ‘Towards a New Edition of the Wycliffite Bible’ project at the English Faculty, Oxford.

I teach the undergraduate medieval papers (Prelims Paper 2: Early Medieval Literature, c. 650-1350, and FHS Paper 2: Literature in English, c. 1350-1550) at Trinity College. I also teach manuscript classes at the Bodleian Library for my undergraduate students. I have previously taught seminars and tutorials covering the whole range of Old and Middle English language and literature at undergraduate and graduate level, including lectures for Paper 4 at the English Faculty.

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