David Townsend

David Townsend, Professor of Medieval Studies and English, was founding director of University of Toronto’s Sexual Diversity Studies Program and the first coordinating instructor of the program’s core course. In addition to his work for Sexual Diversity Studies, Townsend maintains Anchorhold, a blog on gay and bisexual men’s spirituality.

Selected Publications:

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, co-edited with Ralph J. Hexter (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012)

“The Naked Truth of the King’s Affection in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 2004.

“Ovidian Homoerotics in Twelfth-Century Paris: The Letters of  Leoninus, Poet and Polyphone,” GLQ 8, 3(2002):389-423. (co-authored with Bruce Holsinger)

“The Ovidian Verse Epistles of Master Leonius”, Journal of Medieval Latin 10(2000):239-254. (co-authored with Bruce Holsinger)

“The ‘Blood Libel’ and the Spectator’s Eye in Norwich and Toronto,” Torquere (Journal of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association) 1(1999)1-24

The Tongue of the Fathers: Gender and Ideology in Twelfth-Century Latin, coedited with Andrew Taylor (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).