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Medieval and Early Modern English Studies

Catherine Bates, BA, D.Phil (Oxford) - Professor

Literature and culture of the Renaissance period, with a special interest in sixteenth-century courtly poetry. Her other interests include psychonanalysis, and epic. Her books include The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992); an edition of selected poems by Sir Philip Sidney (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994); Play in a Godless World: The Theory and Practice of Play in Shakespeare, Nietzsche and Freud (London: Open Gate Press, 1999), The Cambridge Companion to Epic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Masculinity and the Hunt: Wyatt to Shakespeare (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013). She is also a member of the Literature and Psychoanalysis research group.

Paul Botley, BA (Reading), MA (York), PhD (Cambridge) - Assistant Professor

Research interests include the classical tradition in early modern literature; renaissance letters; neo-Latin literature; Erasmus; the history of the Bible; education in the renaissance; translation; the Greek diaspora in renaissance Europe; the history of scholarship. He is currently writing a book on one of the translators of the King James Bible, Richard ‘Dutch’ Thomson (c. 1568-1613), and has a longstanding interest in the work of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614). Recent publications include Renaissance Latin Translations (Cambridge, 2004) and Learning Greek in Western Europe, 1396-1536. (Philadephia, 2010). He is currently bringing out (with Dirk van Miert) a co-edited critical edition of The Correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609) (Geneva: Droz, forthcoming 2012), 8 volumes. He is also a member of the Translation, Theory and Practice research group.

Elizabeth Clarke, BA (KCL), DPhil (Oxford) - Professor

Specialises in seventeenth-century religious poetry, spirituality and religious writing, particularly by nonconformists and women, and women's manuscript writing. Her book, Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) has recently been published. She has also recently published essays in The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, ed. Johanna Harris and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and in Dissenting Praise, ed. Isabel Rivers and David Wickes, (Oxford University Press, 2011). She leads the John Nichols project whose five volume critical edition of the Progresses of Queen Elizabeth I is published by Oxford University Press in 2012. One of Elizabeth's current projects is editing volume 2 of the Lucy Hutchinson Complete Works, also to be published by Oxford University Press. Her edited anthology of Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry (Manchester University Press, 2005) won the Best Edition Prize in the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Awards, 2006. Her first book was Theory and Theology in George Herbert's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 1997), and with Danielle Clarke she also co-edited This Double Voice: Gendered Writing in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000). She leads the Perdita Project for early modern women's manuscript compilations. With Erica Longfellow at Kingston she led a project funded by the British Academy, "Constructing Elizabeth Isham" which produced an online edition of Isham's autobiography for her 400th anniversary in 2009. She is also a member of the Religion and Literature research group.

Teresa Grant, BA, PhD (Cambridge) - Associate Professor

Research interests in Medieval and Renaissance drama, especially issues surrounding staging, and in Renaissance literature and culture. Her current project is as General Editor (with Eugene Giddens and Barbara Ravelhofer) of the Oxford University Press 10 volume The Complete Works of James Shirley. She is writing a monograph for CUP based on her doctoral work about the uses of animals on the early modern stage. She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies research group. She is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group.

Tony Howard, BA (Warwick), MA (Toronto) – Professor

Shakespeare in performance; contemporary British drama; and Polish poetry and theatre. He is the author of Shakespeare: Cinema: Hamlet (1993) and edited the accompanying video comparing filmed versions of the play. Women as Hamlet (2007) includes studies of the shifting relationship of culture and gender in Britain, America, Weimar Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Poland and East Germany during the fall of Communism. In the long term he plans a book on Shakespeare and the mass media. He co-edited, with John Stokes, Acts of War (1996), which explores the representation of military conflict in postwar British stage and television drama. He is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group, the Translation, Theory and Practice research group, and the Modern and Contemporary Literature research group.

Peter Mack, MA (Oxford), MPhil, PhD (Warburg Institute, London). From Autumn 2010 Professor Mack is on a five year secondment as the Director of the Warburg Institute, London.

Medieval and Renaissance European intellectual, cultural and literary history. Most publications - among them, Renaissance Argument: Valla and Agricola in the Traditions of Rhetoric and Dialectic (1993) - have been in fields connected with Renaissance rhetoric and dialectic. He has also published on rhetoric and literature, and on Chaucer. He has published a series of articles on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century practices of reading. His Elizabethan Rhetoric (2002) studies the impact of grammar school and university training on early modern practices of reading and writing in ethics, history, politics, and religion. He was editor of Rhetorica (University of California Press) from 1998 to 2002. Recent publications include Reading and Rhetoric in Montaigne and Shakespeare (London: Bloomsbury, 2010) and A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Paul Prescott, BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham) - Associate Professor

Research interests lie in Shakespeare and performance, theatre history, the theory and practice of arts criticism, and schools and undergraduate pedagogy. He is currently working on two monographs, both relating to the history and future of Shakespearean reviewing. Together with Peter J. Smith and Paul Edmondson, he has co-edited a special edition of the journal Shakespeare (Routledge) devoted to theatre reviewing in the UK and proceeding from a recent conference (Reviewing Shakespearean Theatre: The State of the Art; for information and podcasts click here). He is currently co-editing (with Janice Valls-Russell and Peter J. Smith) the fortieth anniversary edition of Cahiers Élisabéthains which will examine the practice of Shakespearean reviewing globally. He has articles or chapters forthcoming on Sam Wanamaker (25,000 words), on the dramaturgy of Shakespeare's endings, on the Shakespearean stagework of Rory Kinnear, and (with Nick Monk and Jonny Heron) on practical approaches to teaching Middleton Reviewing Shakespeare: Journalism and Performance from the Eighteenth Century to the Present will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group.

Stephen Purcell, BA, MA, PhD (Kent) - Assistant Professor

Research focuses on the performance of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the modern stage and on screen. He is particularly interested in theories of the audience, space, popular culture, parody, adaptation, and comedy. Recent publications include The Shakespeare Handbooks: The White Devil (Palgrave, 2011) and ‘Shakespeare on Television’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (eds Burnett, Streete, & Wray, Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Stephen directs for the theatre company The Pantaloons. He is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group.

Carol Chillington Rutter, MA, PhD (Michigan) - Professor

Renaissance theatre and performance, cultural representation, the social, political and economic location of theatre in culture, and the dialogue between performance and culture, both in a play’s original and its subsequent performance. She writes about Shakespeare and his contemporaries on his stage and on ours, and specifically about the representation of women’s roles - as in Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare’s Women Today (1988) and Enter the Body: Women and Representation on Shakespeare’s Stage and Documents of the Rose Playhouse (MUP, 1999), where her work is grounded in the intersecting critical discourses of feminism, cultural materialism, and performance studies. She also writes about film and poetry. Her selection of the poems of Tony Harrison, Tony Harrison: Permanently Bard (Bloodaxe 1995) won the Heinemann Award in 1996. She is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group.


Christiania Whitehead, BA, DPhil (Oxford) – Associate Professor (Reader)

Main research interests lie in all fields of religious writing (exegesis, monastic, devotional, mystical) in Middle English and Latin throughout the Middle Ages. Other interests include medieval religious and courtly allegory, and the evolution of Arthurian literature from the medieval to the modern periods. Her publications include Castles of the Mind: A Study of Medieval Architectural Allegory (University of Wales Press, 2003); co-ed. Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2000); co-ed., The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary (Exeter/Chicago: Exeter University Press and Chicago University Press, 2010); co-ed., A Companion to the Doctrine of the Hert: the Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2010), and co-ed., The Medieval Translator. Traduire au Moyen Age (Brepols, 2010). She has recently completed essays on Julian of Norwich’s transformations in twentieth-century spirituality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), the fourteenth-century English mystics (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming), and the Meditaciones of the Monk of Farne (Exeter, forthcoming). She is currently working on a monograph on Cuthbertine asceticism in north-eastern England from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. For information on the Medieval Seminar Series, please click here. She is also a member of the Religion and Literature research group.

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