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Dr Sebastiaan VerweijPHD, DRS (MA)

Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Research Fellow in English

Sebastiaan Verweij

Dr Sebastiaan VerweijPHD, DRS (MA)

Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Research Fellow in English

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I joined the English Department at Bristol in September 2014 after a University of Glasgow PhD, and two postdoctoral appointments at Cambridge (Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online) and at Oxford (The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne).

My research interests are in late-medieval and early modern literature (esp. poetry), and what today is called 'the history of the book', which in more old-fashioned terms would be called 'bibliography'. I am especially interested in the intersections between the book as material text and more literary questions. I work on the literary and book culture of Scotland; have an interest in the Digital Humanities; in editorial theory and practice; and a special interest in the manuscript and print histories, and the poems and prose texts, of John Donne. 

My first book The Literary Culture of Early Modern Scotland: Manuscript Production and Transmission, 1560-1625 (Oxford University Press 2016) has won the Saltire Society's 'Scottish Research Book of the Year 2016' award. I am currently at work, with Professor Peter McCullough, on the Textual Companion volume in The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming c. 2019). A few more articles are in production, for instance on book illustration in Scotland, or on the arcane editorial technique known as 'optical collation'.

With Noah Millstone (Principal Investigator, Birmingham) I am involved (as Co-Investigator) in the AHRC-funded project 'Manuscript Pampleteering in Early Stuart England'. The project will run from April 2017-Sept 2018.

I'm in the early stages of planning a major research project based around a large collection of manuscripts held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. With Kate McClune, I am starting to compile an 'Index of First Lines of Older Scots Poetry', which will eventually become a comprehensive bibliography of Scottish verse from the beginnings to 1625. 

With Kenneth Austin (History) I convene the recently fledged Early Modern Studies Research cluster at Bristol.  

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Research Supervision

I would be delighted to supervise a PhD in any of the areas outlined above in my research interests: English and Scottish late-medieval and early modern texts (especially poetry), and their bibliographical histories in manuscript and print; also, book history, and editing in this period. Don't be shy: please get in touch! 

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Teaching

I am convening 'Writing the Margins', a so-called 'Midscale' unit (1550-1740). Recently taught units include: 

  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Literature 1
  • Literature 1150-1550
  • Literature 2
  • Literature 1550-1740
  • Writing the Margins

I also teach book history and palaeography on the English MA programme. 

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Editing / STS / Boards

From 2009 to 2014, I was co-editor (and co-founder) of the Open Access electronic Journal of the Northern Renaissance. I am also an Executive Member of Council (with a responsibility for all things digital) for the Scottish Text Society. I am an advisory board member for the Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons (GEMMS) project, based at the University of Regina, Canada. 

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Postal address:
3-5 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom

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