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William Coleman
Position: Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Comparative Literature, English
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The City University of New York.
Research Interests: Medieval studies, with particular interest in the English, Italian, and Latin 14th century (especially Chaucer's sources: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio); medieval manuscript study (paleography, codicology, and text editing); medieval Latin language and literature (especially liturgical drama); incunabula and the history of printing; 18th-century Age of Sensibility (especially the history of the gothic novel).

Selected Publications:

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

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

  • " 'hir names rad were everichon': le modalità 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. 20 (1991-92): 19-43, figs. 1-11.

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

  • Phillippe de Mezieres' Campaign for the Feast of Mary's Presentation. Toronto Medieval Latin Texts II. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1981.

  • On the Discrimination of Gothicisms. New York: Arno, 1980. Performance Edition: "The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple" (1972).