Middle English literature, the history of the book, romance, Piers Plowman
Michael Johnston completed his BA in English at John Carroll University in 2000, his M.Litt. in Mediaeval English at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in 2001, and his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 2007. His first book, Romance and the Gentry in Late Medieval England, came out with Oxford University Press in 2014 (reviewed in TLS, Review of English Studies, and Parergon). His recent articles have appeared in Viator, Journal of the Early Book Society, and Journal of English and Germanic Philology. He also recently edited three collections of essays: a special volume on teaching the history of the book for Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (vol. 19.1, Spring 2012); with Susanna Fein, Robert Thornton and His Books: Essays on the Lincoln and London Thornton Manuscripts (York Medieval Press, 2014); and with Michael Van Dussen, The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is currently researching book production in fifteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the manuscripts of The Prick of Conscience, William Langland’s The Vision of Piers Plowman, and the short poetry of John Lydgate.