Adrian Papahagi

Professor (Prof. dr. habil.)

Director of the Centre for the History of the Book and Texts (CODEX)

Room M1


PhD, 2006, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

MA, 1999, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

BA, 1999, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj

BA, 1998, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

PhD scholarship at the University of Oxford (2006), Postdoctoral fellowship at the New Europe College, Bucharest (2006-2007), Mellon fellowship at the Warburg Institute, London (2008).

I teach Old, Middle and Early Modern English language and literature, and Manuscript Studies; I also study the manuscript collections of Transylvania.

Courses taught:

BA courses:

The History of English Literature, from Caedmon’s Hymn to Shakespeare (LLE 1161/1261)

Shakespeare (LLE 2161) – topic in 2019-2021: Shakespeare’s Problem Plays and Romances; topic in 2021-2022: Hamlet: Close Reading.

Manuscript Studies (LLE 5122/5222)

The History of the English Language (LLE 6121)

MA courses:

The Idea of Monarchy in Shakespeare’s Plays (LME 1209)

Medieval Irish Culture (LME 1117)

Codicology (Diplôme Européen d’Études Médiévales-FIDEM, Rome)

PhD supervision (affiliated to Școala Doctorală de Studii Lingvistice și Literare):

I am accepting PhD students interested in: Old English literature in its manuscript context; manuscript studies and the history of the book; Shakespeare. Admission is in September. Please also check the page of the Doctoral School.

Current PhD students:

Andrei Crișan, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 201 as a Mirror of Eleventh-Century England (since September 2021).

Recent publications:


A Transylvanian Puzzle: Reconstructing Medieval Culture from Manuscript Fragments, Cluj: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2022.

Shakespeare interpretat de Adrian Papahagi: Troilus și Cresida, Timon din Atena, Iași: Polirom, 2022.

Shakespeare interpretat de Adrian Papahagi: Totu-i bine când se sfârșește bine, Măsură pentru Măsură, Iași: Polirom, 2021.

Shakespeare interpretat de Adrian Papahagi: Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, Iași: Polirom, 2021.

Shakespeare interpretat de Adrian Papahagi: Sonetele, Romeo și Julieta, Iași: Polirom, 2020.

Shakespeare interpretat de Adrian Papahagi: Visul unei nopți de vară, Cum vă place, Iași: Polirom, 2020.

 Providence and Grace: Lectures on Shakespeare’s Problem Plays and Romances, Cluj: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2020.

Manuscrisele medievale occidentale din România: Census, Iași: Polirom, 2018 (with A. C. Dincă, A. Mârza).

Wyrd. Ideea destinului în literatura engleză veche, Cluj: Eikon, 2014.

Vocabularul cărții manuscrise, Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române, 2013 (with C. Papahagi, A. C. Dincă, A. Mârza).

Boethiana Mediaevalia. A Collection of Studies on the Early Medieval Fortune of the Consolation of Philosophy, Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2010.

Jeunesse et vieillesse: Images médiévales de l’âge en littérature anglaise, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005 (ed. with Leo Carruthers)

Métamorphoses. Actes du XIe Congrès de l’AMAES (25 août-1er septembre 2002), Paris: AMAES 26, 2003. (ed.)

Prologues et épilogues dans la littérature anglaise du Moyen-Âge. Actes du colloque du CEMA (23-24 mars 2001), Paris: AMAES 24, 2002, (ed. with Leo Carruthers).


‘Reformation and Transformation: Medieval Liturgical Manuscripts in Early Modern Transylvania’, in The Image of Piety in Medieval Manuscripts in Slovakia and in Europe, ed. Eva Veselovská, Bratislava: Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2021, 67-82.

‘Words with Masks: An Essay on the Nomenclature of Some Late Medieval Initials’, in Les Mots au Moyen Âge/Words in the Middle Ages, ed. Victoria Turner, Vincent Debiais (Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 46), Turnhout: Brepols, 2020, 5-20.

‘The Lorsch Gospels in the Context of the « Ada Group »’, in Die Handschriften der Hofschule Kaiser Karls des Großen. Individuelle Gestalt und europäisches Kulturerbe. Ergebnisse der Trierer Tagung vom 10.–12. Oktober 2018, ed. Michael Embach, Claudine Moulin, Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Trier: Verlag für Geschichte und Kultur, 2019, 129-155.

‘In the Margins of the Predestination Controversy: The Manuscript Context of the Hincmar Mock Epitaph’, Catholic Historical Review 105 (2019), 52-74.

‘The Library of Petrus Gotfart de Corona, Rector of the University of Vienna in 1473’, The Library 20.1 (2019), 29-46

‘A New Fragment of the Antiphonale Varadiense at the Romanian Academy Library in Cluj’, Études bibliologiques/Library Research Studies 1 (2019), 39-46.

‘The Incunabula of the Dominicans from Bistrița at the Central Piarist Library in Budapest’, Philobiblon: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities 22 (2017), 51-66.

‘A Fragment of the Graduale Varadiense at the Romanian Academy Library in Cluj (Kolozsvár)’, Magyar Könyvszemle 133 (2017), 455-59.

‘An Eleventh-Century Fragment of the Opus imperfectum in Matthaeum in Beneventan Script (Cluj, Biblioteca Academiei Române, Cod. lat. 8, Fol. 72)’Mediaeval Studies 78 (2016), 277-83.

‘Gothic Script and Humanistic Fashion in Fifteenth-Century Oradea: the Palaeography of John Vitéz’s Book of Letters (Vienna, ÖNB, Cod. 431)’Philobiblon: Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities 21 (2016), 5-14.

‘”Qui scripsit scripta, manus eius sit benedicta”: Scribes and Colophons from Medieval Transylvania’Transilvania 4-5 (2016), 2-15.

‘More Ado about ‘Nothing’ in King Lear’, Shakespeare in Elysium: Romanian Afterlives, The Annals of Ovidius University Constanța: Philology Series 27 (2016), 155-170.

‘Caliban: Ideology Meets Irony’, Studia UBB: Philologia 61 (2016), 135-146.

‘Alexander and Beowulf’, in Alexander the Great: History, Image, Interpretations, ed. Alexandru Cizek, Mianda Cioba, Dan-Tudor Ionescu, Bucharest: Ed. Universității din București, 2016, 151-76.

Wið His Wyrd in the Old English Monasteriales IndiciaNotes & Queries 62.4 (2015), 511-13.

A Medieval Manuscript Fragment Signed by Janus Dubravius at the Library of the Romanian Academy in Cluj’, Historica Olomucensia 48 (2015), 273-76.

‘Lost Libraries and Surviving Manuscripts: The Case of Medieval Transylvania’, in Library & Information History 31 (2015), 35-53.

Interviews, conferences, book presentations