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Dr Jonathan Gibson

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Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • English & Creative Writing
  • jonathan.gibson

Professional biography

I am a specialist in early modern literature and book history, particularly manuscript culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Before joining the Open University in February 2013, I worked at the English Subject Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London, a national body that organised activities and published material in support of the teaching of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing at university level. I was educated at St. John’s College, Oxford and University College London and have held lectureships at the University of Exeter, Durham University and Queen Mary, University of London. My first academic job was a post as Research Assistant to Professor Derek Brewer at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. For several years, I was a Research Fellow at the Perdita Project  (first at The Nottingham Trent University, then latterly at the University of Warwick), a pioneering Digital Humanities project dedicated to the recovery and detailed description of early modern women's manuscript writing.

 

Research interests

I have published research on many different early modern topics, including Ralegh, Wroth, Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, translation, the protocols of early modern letter-writing, codicology and Elizabethan fiction. For the last few years, much of my research has focused on the materiality of early modern manuscripts. In my most recent publications, I have analysed Elizabeth I's love letters to the Duke of Anjou and discussed the influence of Renaissance hand-writing manuals on Elizabethan and Jacobean manuscripts. I am a member of the Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group and of its Book History and Bibliography Research Group. I have organised two series of research seminars for the Book History group:  Paper, Pen and Ink: Manuscript Cultures in Early Modern England (2012-13) and Paper, Pen and Ink 2: Manuscript Cultures in the Age of Print (2014-15).
 
I would welcome Ph.D. applications on early modern topics, particularly in the fields of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript culture, Shakespeare, editing, early modern book history and Elizabethan and Jacobean literature.
 

Teaching interests

I am Chair of A334 English Literature from Shakespeare to Austen, a Level 3 module currently in its first year of presentation. During the production of A334, I was Part 1 chair and module deputy chair and wrote four chapters for Book 1. I was deputy chair for A334's predecessor, AA306 Shakespeare: Text and Performance. I have worked for the OU Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP) on validation panels and as an academic reviewer and sit on the CICP Partnerships Steering Group. I am also a member of the Digital Humanities Steering Group. I have written extensively on pedagogical topics, in particular assessment and inclusive teaching, and am Assessment Lead for the Arts Faculty.

Impact and engagement

In April 2012 I co-organised Describing, Analysing and Identifying Early Modern Handwriting: Methods and Interests, a one-day conference at Merton College, Oxford. In 2014 I was Academic Consultant for the app developed alongside the award-winning BBCTV series The Secret Life of Books.

My research on Elizabeth I's love letters was undertaken under the auspices of 'Writing Abroad', an EU-funded project based at the Università della Valle d‟Aosta in Italy. I co-edited the book that resulted from this project, along with colleagues in Italy and France, Carlo Bajetta and Guillaume Coatalen. I am currently Academic Reviewer for the English programme at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece, an OU partner institution.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Book History and Bibliography Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

Synchrony and process: editing manuscript miscellanies (2012-01)
Gibson, Jonathan
Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (SEL), 52(1) (pp. 85-100)
The legal context of Spenser's Daphnaïda (2004-02)
Gibson, Jonathan
The Review of English Studies, 55(218) (pp. 24-44)
King Lear and the patronage system (1999-10)
Gibson, Jonathan
The Seventeenth Century, 14(2) (pp. 95-114)
Significant space in manuscript letters (1997-04)
Gibson, Jonathan
The Seventeenth Century, 12(1) (pp. 1-10)
Anne Cook Bacon (2012)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Sullivan, jr., Garrett A. and Stewart, Alan eds. The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (pp. 29-30)
ISBN : 1405194499 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Chichester
The manuscript (2011-12-22)
Gibson, Jonathan; Norbrook, David and Barbour, Reid
In: Barbour, Reid and Norbrook, David eds. The Works of Lucy Hutchinson. Volume 1: The Translation of Lucretius (cxxiv-cxxxiii)
ISBN : 199247366 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
The queen's two hands (2011-04-12)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Petrina, Alessandra ed. Representations of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Culture (pp. 47-65)
ISBN : 978-0-230-27817-2 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Arthur Gorges (2011)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Sullivan jr., Garrett A. and Stewart, Alan eds. The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (pp. 392-393)
ISBN : 1405194499 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Chichester
Elizabeth Jocelin (2011)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Sullivan, jr., Garrett A. and Stewart , Alan eds. The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (pp. 545-547)
ISBN : 9781405194495 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Chichester
Casting off blanks: hidden structures in early modern paper books (2010-11-24)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Daybell, James and Hinds, Peter eds. Material Readings of Early Modern Culture: Texts and Social Practices, 1580-1730. Early Modern Literature in History (pp. 208-228)
ISBN : 9780230223523 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Letters (2010-04-13)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Hattaway, Michael ed. A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture (pp. 453-460)
ISBN : 978-1-4051-8762-6 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Chichester
Tragical histories, tragical tales (2009-09-10)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Pincombe, Mike and Shrank, Cathy eds. Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (pp. 521-536)
ISBN : 978-0-19-920588-2 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Editing Perdita: texts, theories, readers (2009-02)
Gibson, Jonathan and Wright, Gillian
In: Hurley, Ann Hollinshead and Goodblatt, Chanita eds. Women Editing/Editing Women: Early Modern Women Writers and the New Textualism (pp. 155-173)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-0178-2 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne
The Perdita Project: women's writing, manuscript studies and XML tagging (2008-06-30)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Bowen, William R. and Siemens, Raymond G. eds. New Technologies and Renaissance Studies. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (324) (pp. 230-242)
ISBN : 978-0-86698-369-3 | Publisher : Iter Inc. in collaboration with ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) | Published : Tempe, AZ
Introduction (2005)
Clarke, Elizabeth and Gibson, Jonathan
In: Seal Millman, Jill and Wright, Gillian eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (pp. 1-10)
ISBN : 978-0-7190-6917-8 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Lady Mary Wroth, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (2005)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Seal Millman, Jill and Wright, Gillian eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (pp. 35-66)
ISBN : 719069165 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Jane Seager's translations of the ten sibyls' prophecies of the birth of Christ (2005)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Seal Millman, JIll and Wright, Gillian eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (pp. 15-19)
ISBN : 0-7190-6916-5 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Anne Southwell's Poetry (2005)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Seal Millman, Jill and Wright, Gillian eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (pp. 57-76)
ISBN : 0-7190-6916-5 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
Introduction (2004)
Burke, Victoria E. and Gibson, Jonathan
In: Burke, Victoria E. and Gibson, Jonathan eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Writing: Selected Papers from the Trinity/Trent Colloquium (pp. 1-7)
ISBN : 0-7546-0469-1 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Katherine Parr, Princess Elizabeth and the crucified Christ (2004)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Burke, Victoria E. and Gibson, Jonathan eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Writing: Selected Papers from the Trinity/Trent Colloquium (pp. 33-50)
ISBN : 0-7546-0469-1 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Civil War in 1614: Lucan, Gorges and Prince Henry (2003)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Clucas, Stephen and Davies, Rosalind eds. The Crisis of 1614 and The Addled Parliament: Literary and Historical Perspectives (pp. 161-176)
ISBN : 978-0-7546-0681-9 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Remapping Elizabethan court poetry (2001)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Pincombe, Mike ed. The Anatomy of Tudor Literature: Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Tudor Symposium (1998) (pp. 98-111)
ISBN : 0-7546-0243-5 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
Letters (2000)
Gibson, Jonathan
In: Hattaway, Michael ed. A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture (pp. 615-619)
ISBN : 9780631216681 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Early Modern Women's Manuscript Writing: Selected Papers from the Trinity/Trent Colloquium (2004)
Burke, Victoria E. and Gibson, Jonathan eds.
ISBN : 0-7546-0469-1 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
A companion to the Gawain-poet (1997)
Brewer, Derek and Gibson, Jonathan eds.
Arthurian Studies
ISBN : 9780859914338 | Publisher : D.S. Brewer | Published : Cambridge

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