Cosima Gillhammer
Lecturer in English


I hold a double degree in English Linguistics and Medieval English Literature, and Medieval German Language and Literature, for which I studied at the University of Munich (LMU) and at Exeter College, Oxford. In 2014 I held a post as a Faculty Member at the English Faculty at the University of Munich. I came to Trinity College in 2015 to read for a DPhil in English (pre-1550). My doctoral project is entitled ‘An edition of Oxford, Trinity College, MS 29’, funded by a Clarendon scholarship and a Christie-Miller scholarship. In 2016 I was the Erika and Kenneth Riley Fellow at the Huntington Library, California. I have worked as a Scholarly Reader for the Oxford English Dictionary, as an editorial assistant for Anglia, and as a researcher for a number of projects relating to philology and linguistics. I am currently a Stipendiary Lecturer at Trinity College, and a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the English Faculty.


Dr Kantik Ghosh and I share the teaching of the medieval papers (Prelims Paper 2: Early Medieval Literature, c. 650-1350, and FHS Paper 2: Literature in English, c. 1350-1550) at Trinity. I also teach manuscript classes at the Bodleian Library for my undergraduate students. I have previously taught seminars and tutorials covering the whole range of Old and Middle English language and literature at undergraduate and graduate level, including lecturing for Paper 4 at the English Faculty.


My research interests include textual criticism, medieval liturgy, and the culture of the late medieval period, especially compilation and historiography, Bible translation, and the intersection between manuscript and print culture. I also have a long-standing interest in philology and the history of the English language.

The core of my research at present is to produce an edition of the Middle English Wycliffite Old Testament Lectionary, a project which is funded by the John Fell Fund and the Ludwig Humanities Research Fund. The Old Testament Lectionary has never been subject to detailed analysis, and is likely to be vital in understanding the textual tradition of the Wycliffite Bible. This text is also key in helping us understand better the methods and motivation behind this major fourteenth-century scholarly and literary enterprise. I work in close collaboration with the members of the team on the AHRC-funded ‘Towards a New Edition of the Wycliffite Bible’ project at the English Faculty, Oxford.

Selected publications

Contributions in Daniel Wakelin, Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages, Bodleian Library, Oxford (Forthcoming November 2017)

Review of Anne Hudson, Doctors in English: A Study of the Wycliffite Gospel Commentaries (Anglia 2017, 135:1, pp. 201-203)

Review of Cecilia A. Hatt, God and the Gawain-Poet: Theology and Genre in Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anglia 2017, 135:1, pp. 197-200)

Review of Annie Sutherland, English Psalms in the Middle Ages (Anglia 2016, 134:1, pp. 154-158)