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Sean Otto

Adjunct Faculty

BA (Dalhousie)

MTS (Wycliffe), PhD (University of St. Michael’s College)

Biography

BA (Dalhousie)

MTS (Wycliffe), PhD (University of St. Michael’s College)

Biography

A native Nova-Scotian, Sean is a graduate of Dalhousie University and of Wycliffe College (twice over), with research interests in medieval history and theology, especially the sermons of John Wyclif. Sean also serves as Assistant Registrar at Wycliffe, helping students navigate the various curricular and extracurricular requirements of their degrees. From helping them learn how to register for their courses, to providing information about services available at the U of T, to keeping them in contact with their advisors, Sean is a first stop for most any question our students might have.

Areas of Expertise

  • John Wyclif
  • Medieval Christianity
  • Medieval Theology

Select Publications and Media:

Books:

  • Current research: Pharisei nostri et Pseudofratres: John Wyclif’s Anti-Fraternal Preaching. An exploration of the roots of John Wyclif’s anti-fraternal preaching and his polemical appropriation of mendicant preaching materials.
  • Co-editor with Thomas P. Power, Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition (New York: Peter Lang, 2016).

Articles:

  • Forthcoming: “Anti-Fraternalism and the Sources of John Wyclif’s Sermones,” in Before and After Wyclif: Sources and Textual Influences, edited by Luigi Campi and Stefano Simonetta (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018)
  • Forthcoming: “The Word of God is Seed: John Wyclif’s Evangelical Theology and the Naming of Wycliffe College,” in Old World Antecedents, New World Adaptations: Formation and Adaptation in the Trans-Atlantic World in the 19th Century, edited by Thomas P. Power (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017).
  • In Press: “The Contrition of Mary Magdalene: John Wyclif and the Preaching of Penance.” In From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages, Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering, edited by Tristan Sharp et al. (Toronto: PIMS, 2017).
  • “The Perils of the Flesh: John Wyclif’s Preaching on the Five Bodily Senses” in The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern England, edited by Annette Kern-Staehler, Beatrix Busse, and Wietse de Boer, Intersections 44 (Leiden: Brill, 2016): 163–76.
  • With Andrew Adkins and Thomas P. Power, “Introduction: Antecedents and Legacies,” in Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition, edited by Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power (New York: Peter Lang, 2016): 1–11.
  • “The Reform Program of John Wyclif’s Latin Sermons,” in Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition, edited by Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power (New York: Peter Lang, 2016): 43–59.
  • “Predestination and the Two Cities: The Authority of Augustine and the Nature of the Church in Giles of Rome and John Wyclif,” in Authorities in the Middle Ages: Influence, Legitimacy and Power in Medieval Society, edited by Tuija Ainonen, Sini Kangas, and Mia Korpiola (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013): 145–58.
  • “John Wyclif and Thomas Cranmer on Penance,” in Change and Transformation: Essays in Anglican History, edited by Thomas P. Power (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013): 1–23.
  • “The Authority of the Preacher in a Sermon of John Wyclif,” Mirator 12 (2011): 77–94.
  • “Felix Culpa: the Doctrine of Original Sin as Doctrine of Hope in Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles.” Heythrop Journal 50.5 (September 2009): 781–92.

Areas of Expertise

  • John Wyclif
  • Medieval Christianity
  • Medieval Theology

Select Publications and Media:

Books:

Current research: Pharisei nostri et Pseudofratres: John Wyclif’s Anti-Fraternal Preaching. An exploration of the roots of John Wyclif’s anti-fraternal preaching and his polemical appropriation of mendicant preaching materials.

Co-editor with Thomas P. Power, Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition (New York: Peter Lang, 2016).

Articles:

Forthcoming: “Anti-Fraternalism and the Sources of John Wyclif’s Sermones,” in Before and After Wyclif: Sources and Textual Influences, edited by Luigi Campi and Stefano Simonetta (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018)

Forthcoming: “The Word of God is Seed: John Wyclif’s Evangelical Theology and the Naming of Wycliffe College,” in Old World Antecedents, New World Adaptations: Formation and Adaptation in the Trans-Atlantic World in the 19th Century, edited by Thomas P. Power (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017).

In Press: “The Contrition of Mary Magdalene: John Wyclif and the Preaching of Penance.” In From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages, Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering, edited by Tristan Sharp et al. (Toronto: PIMS, 2017).

“The Perils of the Flesh: John Wyclif’s Preaching on the Five Bodily Senses” in The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern England, edited by Annette Kern-Staehler, Beatrix Busse, and Wietse de Boer, Intersections 44 (Leiden: Brill, 2016): 163–76.

With Andrew Adkins and Thomas P. Power, “Introduction: Antecedents and Legacies,” in Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition, edited by Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power (New York: Peter Lang, 2016): 1–11.

“The Reform Program of John Wyclif’s Latin Sermons,” in Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition, edited by Sean A. Otto and Thomas P. Power (New York: Peter Lang, 2016): 43–59.

“Predestination and the Two Cities: The Authority of Augustine and the Nature of the Church in Giles of Rome and John Wyclif,” in Authorities in the Middle Ages: Influence, Legitimacy and Power in Medieval Society, edited by Tuija Ainonen, Sini Kangas, and Mia Korpiola (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013): 145–58.

“John Wyclif and Thomas Cranmer on Penance,” in Change and Transformation: Essays in Anglican History, edited by Thomas P. Power (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013): 1–23.

“The Authority of the Preacher in a Sermon of John Wyclif,” Mirator 12 (2011): 77–94.

“Felix Culpa: the Doctrine of Original Sin as Doctrine of Hope in Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles.” Heythrop Journal 50.5 (September 2009): 781–92.