Eileen Gardiner

Eileen Gardiner is the publisher of Italica Press. She is also the former co-executive director of the Medieval Academy of America and the former co-director of ACLS Humanities E-Book.

She holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature, with a specialization in medieval literature, from Fordham University.

Dr. Gardiner has published several articles and books on medieval vision literature, including her Visions of Heaven and Hell Before Dante. She is the editor of Hell-on-Line, a website that comprises a comprehensive collection of visions, tours and descriptions of the infernal otherworld from various religious and cultural traditions; and The Pilgrim’s Way to St. Patrick’s Purgatory, a project that traces for the modern pilgrim the medieval route from Dublin to Lough Derg in County Donegal.

With Ronald G. Musto, she is the co-author of the articles on “The Electronic Book” in the The Oxford Companion to the Book (2010) and The Book: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2013), and of The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Scholars and Students (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Her recent articles include “Visions and Journeys,” in Dante in Context, edited by Lino Pertile and Zygmunt G. Baranski (Cambridge University Press, 2015); “Hell,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Vol. 11: The Middle Ages and Reformation, edited by Carolyn Muessig (De Gruyter, 2015); and “Heaven, Purgatory and Hell,” in Handbook of Medieval Culture vol. 1, edited by Albrecht Classen (De Gruyter, 2015).

Dr. Gardiner’s forthcoming articles include “Heaven and Hell,” in The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying, edited by Christopher M. Moreman (Routledge); and “The Vision of Tnugdal,” in Imagining the Medieval Afterlife, edited by Richard Pollard (Cambridge University Press).


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