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William E. Coleman
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. City University of New York. English; M.A. University of Virginia. English
Research Interests: Medieval, Textual Scholarship, 14th Century Italian and English Literature


The art and science of the book (codicology, paleography, text editing, paper studies)

The editing of medieval texts (Latin, English, Italian)

Medieval Italian and English literary relations (especially Boccaccio and Chaucer)

The Bible (text, history, criticism, literary influence)

Medieval Latin (especially liturgical drama and history of liturgy)

History of early printing

18th and 19th century gothic fiction

Recent Graduate Courses:

Paleography, Codicology, Text Editing

Editing the Medieval Text
Editing the Medieval English Text
Medieval and Renaissance Paleography

History of the Book

The Medieval Book
The Transition from Manuscript Culture to Print Culture in the Late 15th Century
The Age of Caxton
The Study of Incunabula

History of the Bible

The Bible: Text, Criticism, and Literary Relations
The Bible in the Middle Ages
Latin Reading Seminar: The Medieval Biblical Exegetes

History of Literature

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
The Works of the Pearl Poet
Italian-English Literary Commerce in the Late 14th Century
Maidens, Madmen, and Haunted Houses: 18th and 19th Century Gothic Fiction

Selected Publications:


Officium Presentationis Beate Virginis Marie in Templo. Introduction, edition, and translation. with James Boyce. Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2001.

Watermarks in the Manuscripts of Boccaccio's Teseida. A Catalogue, codicological study, and album. Biblioteca di Bibliografia Italiana 149. Florence: Olschki, 1997.

Philippe de Mézières' Campaign for the Feast of Mary's Presentation. Toronto Medieval Latin Texts 11. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and U of Toronto P, 1981.

On the Discrimination of Gothicisms. New York: Arno / New York Times, 1980.

A Casebook of Grant Proposals in the Humanities. (co-author). New York: Neal-Schuman, 1982.

Grants in the Humanities: A Scholar's Guide to Funding Sources. New York: Neal- Schuman, 1980; 2d ed. New York, 1984.


"The Oratoriana Teseida: Witness of a Lost Beta Autograph", Studi sul Boccaccio 40 (2012): 105-185, Fig. 1-10.

"The Knight's Tale." Sources and Analogues of THE CANTERBURY TALES II. Ed. Robert M. Correale and Mary Hamel. Cambridge, Eng.: D.S. Brewer, 2005. 87-247.

"Philippe de Mézières" in Trade, Travel, and Exploration in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 2000.

"'hir names rad were everichon': le modalita di Geoffrey Chaucer nel 'denominare' i pellegrini-narratori dei Canterbury Tales." Rivista Italiana di Onomastica. III, 1 (1997): 109-28.

"Boccaccio Visualizzato: 3. United States. Private Collection (ms. Kettaneh)." Studi sul Boccaccio. 21 (1991 - 1992): 19-43, plus 11 illustrations.

"Giovanni Boccaccio, Il Teseida." pp. 53-57 in Sixty Bokes Olde and Newe. Knoxville: New Chaucer Society, 1986.

"Chaucer, the Teseida, and the Visconti Library at Pavia: A Hypothesis." Medium Aevum 51:1 (1982): 92-101.