James Simpson

James Simpson

Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English
  • Region(s): Europe
  • Time Period(s): 12th century; 13th century; 14th century; 15th century; 16th century; 17th century
  • Theme(s): Late medieval and Reformation Western European Literature, 1150-1680.


Education: B.A., University of Melbourne (1976)
M.Phil., University of Oxford (1980)
Ph.D., University of Cambridge (1996)

Interests: Late medieval and Reformation Western European Literature, 1150-1680.

Selected Works:
Permanent Revolution: The Reformation and the Illiberal Roots of Liberalism (Harvard University Press, 2017); Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, co-edited with Brian Cummings, Twenty-First Century Approaches, 2 (Oxford University Press, 2010); Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2010); Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (2007); Reform and Cultural Revolution, 1350-1547 (2002); (co-ed.) Norton Anthology of English Literature, ninth edition (2012); (co- ed.) Images, Idolatry and Iconoclasm in Late Medieval England (2002); Sciences and the Self in Medieval Poetry: Alan of Lille’s ‘Anticlaudianus’ and John Gower’s ‘Confessio amantis’ (1995); Piers Plowman: An Introduction to the B-Text(1990; second, revised edition 2007).

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