Sebastian Sobecki

Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street



Department of English

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Late Medieval and Early Tudor Literature; Authorship and Literary History; Law and Politics; Travel Writing and Global Medieval Literature; Palaeography, Archives, and Manuscripts


Sebastian Sobecki is Professor of later medieval literature in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. His research covers a wide area of late medieval literary culture, especially law, travel, politics, authorship, manuscripts, and palaeography. He is particularly interested in Gower, Chaucer, Hoccleve, Kempe, Lydgate, and Skelton. He has just finished editing all the medieval texts printed by the early modern travel writer Richard Hakluyt in his Principal Navigations (Oxford UP, in two volumes). He has also completed the edited collection Global Medieval Travel Writing: A Literary History (Cambridge UP) and is preparing The Oxford Handbook of Middle English Prose (Oxford UP) with Emily Steiner. He is working on two monographs: The Invention of Colonialism: Richard Hakluyt and Medieval Travel Writing (Cambridge UP, Elements series), and a study of the handwriting and literary culture of London's bureaucratic clerks. Together with Michelle Karnes, he edits the journal Studies in the Age of Chaucer.


PhD, Cambridge
MPhil, Cambridge
BA, Cambridge