Early Medieval Literature (espec. Old English), paleography and manuscript studies, history of text technologies, digital editing, phenomenology of the book
manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the cultural production and circulation of knowledge; palaeography and diplomatics; manuscript studies; book history; history of science; medieval and early modern collecting; history of archives and libraries.
Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
Early modern English literature, history, and culture; manuscript studies; Francis Bacon; life-writing; 16th-century French literature, history, and culture; history of sexuality; lesbian, gay, and queer studies
The ‘Exeter Book,’ Old and Middle English poetry, Digital Humanities, textual editing/criticism, medieval medicine, palaeography and manuscript studies, digital reconstructions, Medievalism, Post-Colonial Studies.
Timothy B. Sailors specializes in the academic study of ancient Christianity and its literature. His scholarly work has focused on topics such as the New Testament, textual criticism, the Apostolic Fathers, early Christian apocrypha, patristics, early Christian apologists, and manuscript studies. He has most recently received a grant from the Sarah J. Clackson Coptic Fund through the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, to conduct manuscript research at the Bodleian Library; been appointed a U.S. State Department–funded Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, in order to consult and utilize manuscript collections in the Near East; and been named a Swenson Family Fellow in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) in Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
My research focuses on the musical culture of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England and encompasses a wide range of themes including court music, civic pageantry, ballads and popular song, gender, death songs and elegies, music philosophy, mythology, manuscript studies, and early music printing.
African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.
I am a New Haven-based student of medieval English literature and culture, and will be a 2017-18 Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. I am currently working on a book project on the rhetoric of the sciences and vernacular literary culture in late-medieval England. I am also interested in manuscript studies and medievalism in the Americas. I earned a Ph. D. in English from Yale University in spring 2017.
I am currently finishing a monograph on late medieval manuscripts and their treatment from the medieval period to the modern day. ‘Working Theories of the Late Medieval Book: Manuscript Study in a Digital Age’ explores the figurative, interpretive and theoretical possibilities of manuscript study, with a particular focus on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, vernacular romance, bookmaking recipes, The Book of Margery Kempe, The Book of Sir John Mandeville, and Thomas Hoccleve’s Series. Drawing on contemporary theory, this project looks to position manuscript studies in relation to the fields of media archeology and critical infrastructure studies. I’ve published some of this work in the journal Exemplaria and some has also appeared on the Birkbeck Material Texts Network Blog. I also write on political ecology, renewable energy, and the role of visual culture in a time of climate crisis. A recent article on these topics–part of a new project tentatively titled Three Energy Stories: Humber, Clyde, Thames–appeared in the Open Library of Humanities. I am contributing editor of the Glasgow Review of Books and have contributed to MAP Magazine, The Trouble, the LRB Blog, the History Workshop Blog, and the British Library Discovering Literature resource.