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Jennifer Tunberg


D.Phil., Oxford University, England (1982)


Jennifer Morrish Tunberg was educated at Huron College, The University of Western Ontario (BA, Hon.) and St Anne's College, Oxford (B.Phil., D.Phil.). The subject of her doctoral research was the palaeography of insular manuscripts (Latin and Old English) copied in England in the ninth century. Her early publications pertain to palaeography. In 1995-96 she spent a year at the Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, where she was introduced to neo-Latin fiction, the subject that has become the focus of her research. Since 2001, she has published on Thomas More's Utopia (Leuven, 1516), Samuel Gott's Nova Solyma (London, 1648-49), and Johannes Ludovicus Praschius's Psyche Cretica (Regensburg, 1685). She is currently investigating John Barclay's Argenis (Paris, 1621). She is a regular contributor to Humanistica Lovaniensia, the journal dedicated to neo-Latin studies that is published by the Leuven University Press.

Special Fields

'Latin Fiction;  the Neo-Latin Novel'Education:


  • St Anne's College, Oxford University, England, D. Phil. 1982
  • St Anne's College, Oxford University, England, B. Phil. 1976
  • University of Western Ontario, Canada, B. A. (Hon.) 1974

Previous Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, Classics and Honors Program, UK, 1999-
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Letters, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, 1995-96
  • Part-time Instructor, Faculty of Classical Languages and Honors Program, UK, 1990-98
  • Junior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada, 1987-1990
  • Research Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada, 1985-87
  • Assistant to the Curator of Manuscripts, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1982-85