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prof. S.I. Sobecki

Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture; Professor of Old Germanic (by courtesy)

Sebastian Sobecki was educated at the University of Cambridge and taught at McGill University's English Department before coming to Groningen. In 2021, he will be a Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, University Oxford. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, H.P. Kraus Fellow in Early Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. In 2016, he was awarded the John Hurt Fisher Prize by the John Gower Society. He has received grants from the British Academy's Neil Ker Memorial Fund, Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Québec's FQRSC, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and SAUTE in Switzerland.

Sobecki has authored three books: Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England (Oxford UP, 2019); Unwritten Verities: The Making of England’s Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549 (Notre Dame UP, 2015); and The Sea and Medieval English Literature (D.S. Brewer, 2008). He has produced four editions of primary texts: Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology, ed. with Anthony Bale (Oxford UP, 2019), An Edition of Miles Hogarde’s A Mirroure of Myserie, 1557 (Punctum Books, 2021), and the first two volumes of a 14-volume edition of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (Oxford UP, in press), which will include 70 of the medieval narratives and documents printed by Hakluyt, among them the voyages to Mongolia of William of Rubruck and John of Plano Carpini. In addition to co-editing the annual volumes of Studies in the Age of Chaucer since 2019, he has also edited three collections and a special journal issue: The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Law and Literature, ed. with Candace Barrington (Cambridge UP, 2019); A Critical Companion to John Skelton, with John Scattergood (D.S. Brewer, 2018); The Sea and Englishness in the Middle Ages (D.S. Brewer, 2011); and, with Matthew Boyd Goldie, Our Seas of Islands: New Approaches to British Insularity in the Late Middle Ages, in Postmedieval 7:4 (2016). He has published almost 70 articles and essays in leading journals and book volumes, including Speculum (twice), The Review of English Studies (thrice), The Chaucer Review (thrice), English Literary History, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Renaissance Studies, and The English Historical Review, among others.

He is currently editing a substantial literary history, Global Medieval Travel Writing: A Literary History (Cambridge UP), the first book dedicated to global medieval travel and geographical literature from Iceland to China. His next authored book will focus on the production and consumption of writing in late medieval London.

Sobecki chaired Groningen’s English Department from 2010 to 2014, and currently chairs the Faculty of Arts Cluster Board 2 (Cultures, Languages, Literatures, and Politics). He was on the Council of the Hakluyt Society (2015-2019) and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Index of Middle English Prose, and, among others, the editorial boards of the Journal of the Early Book Society and the book series Maritime Humanities, 1400-1800: Cultures of the Sea. He is also the Senior Editor for the Medieval and Early Modern England section of The Literary Encyclopedia. Together with Michelle Karnes, he is the editor of Studies in the Age of Chaucer, the periodical of The New Chaucer Society. Sobecki is the voice behind the popular Speke, Parott! YouTube video.

Last modified:07 June 2021 2.28 p.m.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Prof. Sebastian Sobecki Department of English Language and Culture

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Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture; Professor of Old Germanic (by courtesy)
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