Alan Galey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. His research and teaching are located at the intersection of textual studies, the history of books and reading, and the digital humanities, and his current research focuses on the bibliographical study of born-digital texts and artifacts.
Professor Galey’s current primary research is a project called Bibliographic Methods for Born-Digital Texts: From Paratext to Performance, funded from 2018 to 2022 by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The primary result of this project will be a book-length study tentatively titled The Veil of Code: Studies in Born-Digital Bibliography. For more details, see the project’s blog (http://veilofcode.ca/). His secondary projects include a set of open-source digital prototypes titled Visualizing Variation (visualizingvariation.ca), and the digital book history project Architectures of the Book (archbook.ca). He also serves as digital advisor on the upcoming fourth series of the Arden Shakespeare editions, and on several Folger Shakespeare Library projects.
He has published articles in journals such as Book History, Shakespeare Quarterly, Literary and Linguistic Computing, College Literature, Archivaria, and Archival Science. He has also contributed chapters to several scholarly edited collections, and co-edited Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures (with Travis DeCook; Routledge, 2011). His article “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination,” published in Book History in 2012, was awarded the Fredson Bowers Prize by the Society for Textual Scholarship.
—. The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
— and Travis DeCook, eds. Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures. New York: Routledge, 2011
—. “Looking for a Place to Happen: Collective Memory, Digital Music Archiving, and The Tragically Hip.” Archivaria 86 (2018): 6–43.
—. and Rebecca Niles. “Moving Parts: Digital Modeling and the Infrastructures of Shakespeare Editing.” Shakespeare Quarterly 68.1 (2017): 21–55.
—. “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination.” Book History 15 (2012): 210-47.
—. Jon Bath, Rebecca Niles, and Richard Cunningham. “Imagining the Architectures of the Book: Textual Scholarship and the Digital Book Arts.” Textual Cultures 7.2 (2012): 20-42.
—. Wendy Duff and Emily Monks-Leeson. “Contexts Built and Found: A Pilot Study on the Process of Archival Meaning-Making.” Archival Science 12.1 (2012): 69-92.
—. “Reading the Book of Mozilla: Web Browsers and the Materiality of Digital Texts.” In The History of Reading, Vol. 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics. Rosalind Crone and Shafquat Towheed, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011: 196-214.
—. “The Tablets of the Law: Reading Hamlet with Scriptural Technologies.” In Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures. Travis DeCook and Alan Galey, eds. New York: Routledge, 2011: 77–95.
—. “Networks of Deep Impression: Shakespeare and the History of Information.” Shakespeare Quarterly 61.3 (2010): 289-312
—. and Stan Ruecker. “How a Prototype Argues.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 24.5 (2010): 405-24.
—. “Mechanick Exercises: The Question of Technical Competence in Digital Scholarly Editing.” In Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics. Gabriel Egan, ed. Toronto & Tempe, AZ: Iter/Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2010: 81–101.
Honours & Awards
2017 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Award (Division One) for “So Long Lives This”: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016. Awarded by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides produced by North American and Caribbean institutions. Shared with co-curators Scott Schofield (lead curator), Peter W.M. Blayney, Marjorie Rubright, and Anne Dondertman.
Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize (2013), awarded by the Society for Textual Scholarship for the best textual studies article published in the preceding two years (for “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination,” published in the journal Book History)
2013-2014 Outstanding Instructor Award, given to “exceptional course instructors who dedicate themselves to shaping and inspiring the next generation of information professionals,” awarded by the Master of Information Student Council, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto