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Professor Ros Ballaster

Ros Ballaster

I am interested in prose fiction and theatre of the long eighteenth century (from 1660 through to the 1830s), especially the work of women writers and the emergence of proto-feminist argument. My publications have often explored the translation and imitation of French works in English such as Galland’s 1001 Nights and Aphra Behn’s treatments of French sources in her plays, fiction and poetry. I seek to investigate the competing and different ways in which genres of the early modern period construct a fiction of mind (in terms of character, reader/audience, and author).

See also my website on Georgian Theatre and the Novel and occasional blog: https://enlightenedfeministinoxford.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @BallasterRos


Dr Anna Beer

Anna Beer

With an academic background in cross-disciplinary research and publication (with a particular interest in the intersections between literature, politics and history, and a particular focus on the works of Sir Walter Ralegh), I am now primarily a biographer and cultural historian. My most recent book - written for a non-specialist readership - examines the lives and works of eight female composers, three of whom were active in the seventeenth century (Caccini, Strozzi and Jacquet de la Guerre). Just as my writing has moved inexorably towards public scholarship, so has my teaching migrated towards the field of Creative Writing. My next major project is taking me back, however, to the historical archives and to the early seventeenth-century.



Twitter: @annarosebeer

Dr Stephen Bernard

Stephen Bernard

I am an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of English Language and Literature and research into correspondences: The Literary Correspondences of the Tonsons (Oxford, 2015), The Correspondence of John Dryden, and The Letters of Jacob Tonson: Bodl. Eng MS c. 129 (Oxford, 2018). I am also the general editor and the editor of the poems for The Plays and Poems of Nicholas Rowe, five vols. (London, 2016). I am compiling a bibliographical catalogue of the Tonson publishing house.



Professor Nandini Das

Nandini Das

I work on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with special emphasis on travel and cross-cultural encounters, and issues of migration and belonging. I have edited and written on sixteenth and early seventeenth century romance and prose fiction in Robert Greene’s Planetomachia (2007), and Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620 (2011), among others, and published widely on travel and cross-cultural encounter. Most recently, with Tim Youngs, I co-edited The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (2019), which covers global Anglophone and non-Anglophone travel writing from antiquity to the internet. I am volume editor of Elizabethan Levant Trade and South Asia in the forthcoming edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, to be published by Oxford University Press, and project director for ‘Travel, Transculturality and Identity in Early Modern England’ (TIDE), funded by the European Research Council. A BBC New Generation Thinker, I regularly present television and radio programmes.


twitter: @rentravailer

Professor Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson

I am Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, where I am also curator of the college art collection.  I have interests in textual criticism and the history of the book; in the relation of literature and the visual arts; in baroque as an international phenomenon, and in the cultures of post-reformation Catholicism. I also have interests in Scottish literature, and in environmental humanities (The Last of the Light: about twilight, published in 2015.)

I took part in the collaborative edition and translation of the catalogue of Athanasius Kircher’s museum – The Most Celebrated Museum of the Roman College, published in 2015. I have published recently on recusant Catholic material culture, on early modern Scottish libraries, and on aspects of seventeenth century antiquarianism, and am working collaboratively on an edition of John Aubrey’s book of drawings (Bodleian MS Aubrey 17.)

My main focus is the edition of the complete works (verse and prose, Latin and English) of the Elizabethan poet S. Robert Southwell SJ, and I am also attempting a reconstruction of a sumptuous “lost” book from the circle of Piranesi in Grand Tour Rome, James Byres’s Hypogaei or sepulchral caverns of Etruria.

Dr Katherine Hunt

Katherine Hunt

I am a postdoctoral (Career Development) fellow in English literature at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, where I teach across the period 1550-1760. My current book project investigates post-Reformation senses of materiality, through an account of bells and their temporalities in seventeenth-century English literature. I have published on early modern literature’s entanglement with numbers, sounds, and material culture, the latter drawing on my previous curatorial work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and Tate. My work is published or forthcoming in The Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Historical Journal (special issue under review), The Journal of the Northern Renaissance, and in edited collections from Cambridge University Press and Arden Shakespeare. I am also an editor, with Antonia Moon, of Thomas Browne’s mostly unpublished notebooks for the new edition of his complete works, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.



Dr Richard Lawes

Richard Lawes

I am College Lecturer in English at Regents Park College and I have several research interests, including some in the Early Modern period. I am a psychiatrist and am interested in psychological aspects of Early Modern texts. I also have interests in Catholic autobiography in this period and in theology in c17 poetry (I am currently working on George Herbert and the Little Gidding community).





Professor Lorna Hutson

My explorations in early modern literature have taken me into economics, gender studies, rhetoric and law. I’ve written on Thomas Nashe (1989); on humanism and gender in The Usurer’s Daughter (1994); on drama and participatory justice in The Invention of Suspicion (2007) and on the ‘unscene’ in Circumstantial Shakespeare (2015). I edited Feminism and Renaissance Studies (1999) and, with Victoria Kahn, Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe (2000). I’ve written quite a bit on Ben Jonson and edited Jonson’s Discoveries (1641). Forthcoming is the Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. I’m currently looking at Anglo-Scots literary and legal imagining in the lead up to Shakespeare’s great tragedies.


Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture

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Professor Peter McCullough

Peter McCullough

My research is currently focussed on two major projects: The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (16 vols., 2013 - , OUP), of which I am General Editor; and Lancelot Andrewes: A Life (OUP, forthcoming). Both are deeply engaged in literary, religious, intellectual, and political history; textual criticism; biography; and the history of the book. My ongoing work on a private library bequeathed to Lincoln College in the eighteenth century is also generating talks and publications related to book collecting and reading among gentry men and women in early modern Oxfordshire. 



Dr Joe Moshenska

Joe Moshenska

I’m the author of Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England (OUP, 2014) and A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby (William Heinemann, 2016).  My book Iconoclasm as Child’s Play, which starts with the giving of formerly holy things to children as playthings in the sixteenth century, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2019.  I’m now returning to Kenelm Digby, and completing my edition of his correspondence for OUP.  I’m interested in what Spenser and Milton’s inexhaustible epics do to us as readers; in how early modern literature represents and acts upon bodies and senses; in the writing of renaissance lives and letters; in dialogues between areas of early modern culture, and between early modern and modern thought; and in ways of communicating all the things that make the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries weird and wonderful to audiences beyond the academy.


Dr Dianne Mitchell

Diane Mitchell

I am the Junior Research Fellow in English at The Queen's College. My research investigates how the material conditions of Renaissance texts shape their literary form. I'm currently writing a book about the ways in which sixteenth and seventeenth century English poetry became a popular form of correspondence. In archives and special collections across the US and Britain, I have uncovered extensive evidence of people sending poetry as mail. My book, "Paper Intimacies," argues that this little-known social practice helps explain why negotiations between public and private modes of address are so central to early modern lyric. My work has appeared in Studies in Philology, and I also contribute transcriptions to the Folger Shakespeare Library's open-access initiative Early Modern Manuscripts Online.


Professor David Norbrook

David Norbrook

I was founding director of CEMS and now live in Baltimore, USA. My main research interest is early modern British literature, particularly in relation to politics, women’s writing and classical reception. Recent publications include David Norbrook, Philip Hardie and Stephen Harrison (eds.), Lucretius and the Early Modern (2015) and ‘Rehearsing the Plebeians: Coriolanus and the Reading of Roman History’, in Chris Fitter (ed.), Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners (2017). I am general editor of The Works of Lucy Hutchinson, whose second volume, Theological Writings and Translations (ed. with Elizabeth Clarke and Jane Stevenson) will appear in 2018. 



Professor Diane Purkiss

Diane Purr-kiss

My period-specific research centres on two things: the supernatural (ghosts, fairies, witches),  and the writers of the English Civil War, especially Milton and Marvell, but also women writers like Anna Trapnel and Brilliana Harley.  I’m finishing revisions of a history of English food – for a trade press – and my new projects are a study of writer’s block from Homer to the present, and a microhistory of the Scottish witch, Andro Man, executed in 1597.

Recent publications include ‘“As like Hermione as is her picture”: the shadow of incest in The Winter’s Tale’, in Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England, ed. Naomi Miller and Karen Bamford, Ashgate, 2015, 75-92.  Accepted for publication and due to appear in 2017 are ‘MS Eng. poet d. 49, Marvell manuscripts and miscellanies’, The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, ed. Martin Dzelzainis and Edward Holberton, and ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Witches and Witchcraft’ in the Shakespeare Encyclopaedia, ed. Patricia Parker, Stanford University Press.  I am also working with Naomi Miller on an essay collection for Palgrave, Literary Cultures and the Child, Volume I Medieval/Early Modern Literature and the Child, likely to be published in 2019.



Dr Natasha Simonova

Natasha Simonova

I am currently the Gwyneth Emily Rankin Fellow and Lecturer in English (1550-1830) at Exeter College. My research focuses on prose fiction writing in the 17th and 18th centuries, looking at publication history, issues of authorship and copyright, and the relationship between the romance and the novel. My first monograph, Early Modern Authorship and Prose Continuations: Adaptation and Ownership from Sidney to Richardson (2015), examined the development of sequels by “other hands” in this period, and my current work studies early serial fiction more broadly. I am also interested in paratexts, endings, and in the reception of older romance texts in the 18th century. Find me on Twitter @philistella.



Professor Emma Smith

Emma Smith

I’m interested in the reception of Shakespeare - in print, in criticism and in performance - and in our scholarly investments in certain kinds of interpretation. My most recent work has been on Shakespeare’s First Folio (The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio, 2015, and Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, paperback due in 2018). I’m currently working on questions of authorship in the Marlowe canon, and on the Shakespeare films of Orson Welles. I’m interested in public engagement and enjoy work with schools, theatres and literary societies. On Twitter, I’m @OldFortunatus


Professor Adam Smyth

Adam Smyth

I am interested in the relationship between literary effects and material forms; in life-writing; in the cultures of manuscript and print; and more broadly in the materiality of texts and the history of the book. I've written three monographs: Materials Texts in Early Modern England (CUP, 2017); Autobiography in Early Modern England (CUP, 2010); and Profit and Delight: Printed Miscellanies in England, 1640-1682 (Wayne State, 2004). I've also edited book collections on the history of autobiography, book destruction, and drink and conviviality. I write regularly for the London Review of Books about early modern culture and the history of the book. On twitter, I'm @AdamSmyth0.


Dr Robert Stagg

Robert Stagg

My research interests include literary style; prosody; literary character and character criticism; the relationships between literature, music and the visual arts; early modern pedagogy; notions of timekeeping, atomism, and sensing in Renaissance literature; and Romantic apprehensions of Shakespeare. I have also written, produced and presented a feature-length documentary about Shakespeare’s early career in Shoreditch, and work with a number of prominent theatre companies on productions of Shakespeare or Shakespeare festivals.



Professor Bart van Es

Bart Van Es

I have most recently published Shakespeare in Company (2013) and Shakespeare’s Comedies: a Very Short Introduction (2016).  I also work on Edmund Spenser and on Early Modern historiography, producing, for example, the chapter on  ‘Historiography and Biography’, in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Vol. 2 (2016).  New projects include a study of children as performers on the Renaissance stage.



Dr Victoria Van Hyning

Victoria Van Hyning

I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and the Humanities PI of Zooniverse.org (https://www.zooniverse.org/), an academic crowdsourcing research group. I am based at the English Faculty and Pembroke College (http://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/fellows-staff/profiles/dr-victoria-van-hyning). I work on early modern Catholic women's autobiography produced in a range of social environments including convents, domestic settings, royal courts, and prisons. My forthcoming book with OUP is titled Convent Autobiography: Early Modern English Nuns in Exile. I work with archival and digital datasets, including data from Shakespeare's World (https://www.shakespearesworld.org/), which I developed with Zooniverse, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Oxford English Dictionary.


Professor Daniel Wakelin

Daniel Wakelin

I am the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography. I am interested in the history of reading and history of writing practices, throughout the medieval and Tudor periods, but especially in the years between 1200 and 1600; I am also interested in humanism’s influence on English literature. I am the author of Humanism, Reading and English Literature 1430-1530 (2007), Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (2014) and Designing English: Early Literature on the Page (2017).

Twitter: @DanielWakelin1




Dr Toby Barnard

I am an emeritus fellow of Hertford. My substantial study of the impact of print in Ireland - Brought to Book: print in Ireland, 1680-1784 - will be published (in Dublin) early in 2017. 

Dr Valentina Caldari

Valentina Caldari

I am a departmental lecturer in Early Modern History, based at Balliol College. For my doctorate, I have addressed the end of the Anglo-Spanish Match negotiations for a union between Prince Charles and the Spanish Infanta María in the period 1617-1624. I am broadly interested in European political and diplomatic history, and in the global connectedness of the early modern world.

I have published on the Spanish faction at James I’s court and I am the co-editor (with Dr Sara Wolfson) of a collection of essays on Stuart dynastic politics (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming, early 2017). I am currently writing a chapter on ‘Trade and Piracy in the marriage treaties of the 1620s’ (Palgrave, 2017) and revising my PhD thesis for a monograph on The Global Spanish Match.




Twitter: @vcaldari

Dr Maya Corry

Maya Corry

I work at the intersection of history and the history of art, using visual sources alongside written ones to explore the social, cultural and religious history of early modern Italy. I am particularly interested in the interrelationships that existed between practices and beliefs relating to the body, religion and spirituality, gender, sexuality, material culture and medicine in this period. For example, early modern attitudes to the body and its gendering were shaped by medical thinking, but also by the representation of the human form in images. My first book, which will be published with OUP, explores social and cultural life, spirituality and gender in Renaissance Milan in the period when Leonardo da Vinci was working in the city. In 2017 I co-curated a major exhibition (Madonnas & Miracles) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge which explored the material culture of domestic piety and devotion in Renaissance Italy.


Professor Susan Doran

Susan Doran

I am Professor of Early Modern British History and Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College and St Benet’s Hall. Until recently, my research interests focussed on the reigns of the Tudors, especially that of Elizabeth I. In 2014, I co-edited with Paulina Kewes a collection of essays on the late Elizabethan Succession Question, entitled Doubtful and Dangerous (MUP). My most recent book was Elizabeth I and her Circle (OUP, 2015), which examined Elizabeth's political relationships with some of her kin, courtiers and councillors.  Now I am writing a book examining the accession of James in 1603 and analysing the continuities and changes that ensued. It will be called ‘Regime Change’ and is to be published by OUP.


Dr Perry Gauci

Perry Gauci

My research interests broadly rest with the political and social development of the English state from 1650 to 1750. Having studied the English civil war as an undergraduate, I was interested to see how the state managed to overcome the bitter factionalism of the 1640s and 1650s, at both a national and local level. My doctoral thesis concentrated on a leading provincial town, and allowed me to explore the relationship between politics at the centre and at the periphery. My work suggested that "national" historians have perhaps underestimated the impact which local and regional circumstances could have on political developments in this period, and that the very notion of "politics" needs to be expanded to encompass the significance of social and economic factors in determining allegance. In order to probe these issues further I undertook a study of the English merchant from 1660-1720, so that I could measure the responsiveness of the English state to contemporary commercial and political change. I then pursued these themes by focusing on the City of London and have since widened my interests to incorporate Britain's imperial experience. Historians, led by Lincoln's Paul Langford, have viewed Georgian Britain as a "polite and commercial people", and I hope that my research will help us understand how that came about.

Dr John-Paul Ghobrial

John-Paul Ghobrial

I am an Associate Professor of Early Modern History, and a Fellow of Balliol College.  Currently, I am also the Principal Investigator of an ERC-funded research project called ‘Stories of Survival: Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World’ (2015-2020).  My first book, The Whispers of Cities, explored how information flows connected Istanbul, London and Paris in the seventeenth century.  More recently, my published work includes a handful of articles on Eastern Christians in early modern Europe and the history of record-keeping in the Ottoman Empire.  I am now at work on a second book entitled Leaving Babylon, which tells the story of the first Arabic account of the New World (written by a priest from Mosul who travelled to Peru in the late seventeenth century). In general, I tend to be interested in microhistory, global history and the history of communication.  You can read more about my research  here.  


Dr Jonathan Healey

Jonathan Healey

I'm primarily a social historian of sixteenth and seventeenth century England, and have written about poverty, famine, economic crisis, and disease in the north west of the country. I've also worked on popular politics, and the management of common lands. More generally, I have a developing interest in the history of the English East India Company, and at some point I hope to write about insulting words in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Twitter:  @SocialHistoryOx 

Professor Robert Iliffe

Robert Iliffe

I work on the history of science 1550-1850 and my current research interests include the digital history of science; the history of scientific instrumentation; historical interactions between theology and natural philosophy; the life and work of Isaac Newton, especially his religious views; science and exploration; eighteenth century conceptions of the relationship between otium and the pursuit of knowledge; the emergence of the scientific ‘genius’ and early modern/ Enlightenment accounts of the imagination.  I am currently a General Editor of the online Newton Project, a co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Newton (2016), and my book Priest of Nature: the Religious Life of Isaac Newton is appearing from Oxford in 2017.



Dr Dmitri Levitin

Dmitri Levitin

I have published on philosophical, scientific, medical, religious, legal and political thought in early modern Europe. Although I have made several discoveries about individuals and institutions (including Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, the Hebraist John Spencer, the early modern study of Persian religious history, and the Society of Apothecaries), I am above all interested in large-scale patterns of change from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, patterns that transcend the influence of any individual or group. My first book, Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science (2015), demonstrates how almost all educated people in the seventeenth century engaged deeply with the history of ancient philosophy, in stark contrast to the still prevalent stereotype of the period as one that witnessed a move away from humanistic modes of thought. My current project, provisionally entitled An age of erudition, explores, largely on the basis of previously untapped manuscript sources, how from the late sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries ideas about religion and theology were historicised at an institutional level, especially in the universities, and how that institutionalisation in turn led to wider cultural awareness of the historical dimension to Christianity and other religions. For further details, please see www.dmitrilevitin.com.

Dr Oren Margolis

Oren Margolis

I am a historian of the Renaissance, a cultural movement that spread across Europe.  Humanism and the history of the book are the major themes of my research.  To this end, I have written on the politics of Renaissance culture in the world of René of Anjou (1409-1480), an exiled king of Naples based in Provence, and I have curated a recent Bodleian exhibition on the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius (c.1450-1515).  I am currently working on a cultural history of the Aldine Press, while other interests include Renaissance art and the history of history-writing in – and about – Renaissance Italy.


Professor Ian Maclean

Ian Maclean

Research interests: early modern theological, legal and medical modes of interpretation; early modern logic; the history of the learned book trade in Europe (1560-1750); Cardano; Montaigne.




Dr Sophie Nicholls

Sophie Nicholls

I specialise in the intellectual history of Early Modern France, and am currently completing a monograph entitled ‘Troubled Kingdom. France and the Catholic League, 1576-1610’. I am particularly interested in the intersection between religious and political ideas in the Wars of Religion, in the broader context of questions of national and religious identities in Counter-Reformation France. Thinkers of interest include Jean Bodin, Pierre Grégoire, Louis Dorléans, Guillaume du Vair, Étienne Pasquier and Michel de Montaigne. My next research project is the De Republica (1596) of Pierre Grégoire, with a particular emphasis on his re-casting of Bodinian ideas of sovereignty.


Dr Jon Parkin

Jon Parkin

I work on the interaction between ideas and practical politics in the Early Enlightenment period, focusing particularly upon the reception of philosophical ideas and their impact upon political and cultural life. This approach was a feature of my first two booksScience, Religion and Politics in Restoration England (1999) and Taming the Leviathan (2007) which explored the adaptation and use of Hobbes's ideas in a variety of political, religious and cultural contexts between 1640 and 1700. Current research interests include the history of toleration (see J. Parkin and T. Stanton (eds), Natural Law and Toleration in the Early Enlightenment (2013)), early modern attitudes to self-censorship, Latitudinarianism, Thomas Hobbes and methodological issues surrounding the study of the history of political thought.



Dr Miles Pattenden

Miles Pattenden

I am a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and Lecturer in the Faculty of History, where I teach British, European and World History c.1400-1800. My research focuses on early modern Italy and Spain, in particular the papacy and the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. My first book Pius IV and the Fall of the Carafa (OUP, 2013) told the story of the only early modern papal family to be indicted for corruption and I have just finished a second monograph, Electing the Pope in Early Modern Italy, which is forthcoming with OUP in 2017. I am currently writing a history of Global Catholicism from the Council of Trent to Pope Francis and co-ordinating a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust sponsored project on the Early Modern Cardinal. 

Faculty Website: http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-miles-pattenden


Dr George Southcombe

George Southcombe

My research focuses on two broad, overlapping areas: the history of seventeenth-century dissent, and the relationship between literature and history. In this work I have been engaged in uncovering the social depth of politics, and the importance of nonconformist print culture. In 2012 I completed a three-volume edition of nonconformist verse, which was published by Pickering and Chatto. I have also produced, alongside my friend and colleague Dr Grant Tapsell, a broader study of the late seventeenth century, which uses visual and literary materials alongside the more conventional sources of political history.




Professor Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

I work on the social, political, military, economic and cultural history of war since 1500, primarily for German-speaking Europe from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, but also more widely across Europe and the world into the early twentieth century.  I have always taken a broad approach to studying conflict, believing that war can only be understood when placed in its wider context, and this has encouraged me to study the political and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire 800-1806. My current projects include how resource mobilisation promoted cooperation as well as competition between states and non-state actors in Europe 1560-1850.

Website: https://www.asc.ox.ac.uk/person/3299


Dr Lauren Working

lauren working

I am a historian on the TIDE project (Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, 1550 – 1700), focusing on late Elizabethan and Jacobean politics, sociability, and empire. My first book, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) uses political discourse, literature, and objects to explore how the experience of colonization infused political culture and transformed ideas of civil refinement in London. I have held fellowships at the Jamestown archaeological site and the Royal Anthropological Institute, which have informed my ongoing interests in Native American historical anthropology and the legacies of colonialism in English museums. I currently freelance for the National Portrait Gallery in London, where I am developing material on Tudor and Stuart portraiture and the colonial gaze. My next book-length project will be on women and empire.

TIDE project website: www.tideproject.uk

Twitter: @lauren_working 



Professor Geraldine A. Johnson

Geraldine Johnson

I have published widely on the history of sculpture from the late medieval period to the present day, as well as on the visual arts more generally in Early Modern Europe. A particular area of interest is the relationship between gender and material culture, as explored in my co-edited volume for Cambridge University Press, Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy (1997), and in publications on figures like Maria de’ Medici, patron of the painter Peter Paul Rubens. I am also the author of Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introduction to Renaissance Art (2005). At present, I am completing a book for Cambridge University Press entitled The Sound of Marble: The Materiality and Immateriality of Italian Renaissance Art. I am also a Series Editor for Renaissance History, Art and Culture, published by Amsterdam University Press, and I am currently a consultant for a major Anglo-Italian television drama series on the Medici. Other research interests include the historiography of art history and the history of photography.




Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite

Marie-Louise Lillywhite

I am an Art Historian whose research focuses predominantly on art and architecture in early modern Venice. I have written about topics that include the patronage of parish priests and confraternities in Italy after the Council of Trent; a reconstruction of the decoration of the first Jesuit church in Venice (which featured paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese and Jacopo Bassano) and the garden of Bevis Bawa in Sri Lanka. I am currently working on a monograph called Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice which explores the impact that religious reform had on the visual arts in Venice during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. I am a research associate at Keble College and a member of the History Faculty. I am also senior tutor of the Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities programme where I teach courses on Art and Censorship (1500-1650) and Art and Religion on the Global Jesuit Missions (1540-1773).




Dr Emanuela Vai

Emanuela Vai

My research is located at the intersection of art, architectural history, soundscape studies and musicology. I have published on a range of subjects focusing on the relationships between architecture and music and the material, spatial and sensorial dimensions of Renaissance social life. My work has appeared in publications by Bibliotheca Hertziana, Brepols, Olschki and Skira, among others, and in journals such as Renaissance Quarterly, Art History and Confraternitas. Founder of the Renaissance Musical Instruments Network and co-author of Reshaping Sacred Space: Liturgy, Patronage and Design in Church Interiors ca. 1500 – 1750 (2015), I am currently preparing a monograph titled Between Pietas and Magnificentia: Architecture, Music and Sensorial Performance at the Confraternity of the Misericordia Maggiore in the Venetian Terraferma, as well as editing a collection of essays on the material culture of Renaissance music.

I am the Opler Fellow at Worcester College, I collaborate with the Royal Academy of Music in London and I teach at the Master of Advanced Studies in Renaissance Polyphony Performance at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. Previously I have held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York. Before coming to Oxford, I was Hanna Kiel Fellow at the Harvard University Centre for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.





Professor Suzanne Aspden

Suzanne Aspden

I am a musicologist and cultural historian working in particular on eighteenth-century opera, music and musical life in eighteenth-century Britain, and questions of identity (personal, performing, national…).  My book, The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage (Cambridge, 2013) brings these themes together.





Professor Christian Leitmeir

Christian Leitmeir

I am a music historian and philologist who is active on both sides of the medieval/early modern divide. With regard to the latter ‘period’, my research focusses thematically on sacred music in the age of confessionalisation and geographically on Central and Central Eastern Europe. My interest in codicology in particular has led to collaborations with art historians, e.g. through the AHRC-funded project The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1470-1530 and a long-term project on deluxe music manuscripts from the Munich court.





The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1470-1530 (PRoMS)

For Eyes and Ears: The Choirbooks of the Bavarian State Library



Dr Jessica Goodman

Jessica Goodman

I am Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in French at St Catherine's College, Oxford. I specialise in eighteenth-century literature and thought, with a particular interest in authorial self-fashioning. My first monograph,Goldoni in Paris: la Gloire et le Malentendu (forthcoming with OUP) tracks the reputation of the Italian author Carlo Goldoni in France during his thirty-year career there, and after his death. I have also worked on anonymity, the digital humanities, eighteenth-century theatre history, and commemoration, and my latest project focuses on authorial posterity in the 1790s, particularly through the genre of the ‘dialogue of the dead’. 




Twitter: ​@GoodmanJess​

Dr Michael Hawcroft

I am Fellow and Tutor in French at Keble College. I work principally on seventeenth-century French drama: Corneille, Molière, Racine; rhetorical approaches; dramatic theory; developments in the printing of drama in the early modern period and attempts to accommodate the printed form to readers. I am currently working on the scenography of Molière: exits and entrances, on-stage movement, and their relationship to scenery, as well as the way in which these features of performance are evoked in printed form. My College webpage includes a list of publications:



Professor Katherine Ibbett

Katherine Ibbett

I am Professor and Tutorial Fellow in French at Trinity College, and I specialise in late sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, culture and political thought. My first book, The Style of the State in French Theater, was on tragedy (especially Pierre Corneille) and theories of political action, and I continued this conversation between theory and theatre with a coedited volume thinking through Walter Benjamin’s concept of the Trauerspiel and its relevance to a French corpus.  In my second book, Compassion’s Edge, I worked with a broader range of genres, exploring the affective undertow of religious toleration. The book takes up the language of fellow-feeling – pity, compassion, charitable care – that flourished in the century or so after the Wars of Religion. It’s a gloomy sort of account: in my telling compassion does not overcome difference, but rather reinforces divides. I’m now working on a book called Liquid Empire, on the writing of water - mostly rivers - in early modern France and its territories, from the Pléiade poets of the sixteenth century to the Mississippi settlements of the 1700s. On Twitter I’m @eparpillee


Professor Neil Kenny

Peter Kenny

I work mainly on the literature and thought of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century France. My current focus is on the relation of literature and learning to social hierarchy. I convene a Hilary Term seminar on this issue in Europe as a whole. I am writing a book on the many early modern French families that included more than one writer, editor, or translator. Did families transmit those activities from one generation to the next in order to boost their social status? Was the resultant literature and learning shaped by those aspirations? My publications are listed at http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/people/neil-kenny.



Dr Jenny Oliver

Jenny Oliver

I am a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in French at St John’s College. My research is centred on sixteenth-century French literature, culture, and thought. My forthcoming book, The Direful Spectacle: Shipwreck in French Renaissance Writing, which is based on my doctoral thesis, examines the theme of shipwreck in the French Renaissance, reading fictional and allegorical shipwrecks alongside the eyewitness accounts of travel writers in order to explore the relationship between the material and the metaphorical. My current research project is concerned with how early modern French writers (including Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, and Agrippa d’Aubigné) contemplated the connections and tensions between poetics, technology, and the natural environment. Recently, my article 'Rabelais’s Engins: War Machines, Analogy, and the Anxiety of Invention in the Quart Livre’, was published in Early Modern French Studies (December 2016).


Dr Jonathan Patterson

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My research explores how literature interacts with broader cultural forces of early modern society: morality, law, bureaucracy, and economics.

My first book, Representing Avarice in Late Renaissance France (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers how talk of greed slowly evolved from past traditions to inform wider debates on gender, enrichment and status.

A second book is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2021, entitled Villainy in France, 1463-1610: A Transcultural Study of Law and Literature. Combining the methods of legal anthropology with literary and historical analysis, this study examines villainy across juridical documents, criminal records, and literary texts from the age of François Villon to the time of Pierre de L’Estoile. Villainy in France follows this overflowing current of pre-modern French culture, examining its impact within France and across the English Channel.

My next project (from 2019) will be a collaborative venture within the emergent field of Literature and Bureaucracy. This project will explore how administrative systems and literary production have curious overlaps when it comes to ‘paperwork’. One strand of the project will consider the rituals of ‘stock-taking’ in Michel de Montaigne’s library with those of the Bureau de la Ville Paris (read more here). A second strand will look at the poetics of police reports gathered by Louis XIV’s arch-administrator, Jean-Baptiste Colbert (read more here).

Dr Helen J. Swift

Helen J. Swift

My research concerns French literature between the mid-fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries, with particular interests in issues of narrative voice, identity construction, text-image relations, and the transition from manuscript to print. Having just completed a book on the literary representation of the dead (https://boydellandbrewer.com/representing-the-dead-hb.html), I have a continuing interest in early modern epitaph poems and am also looking towards a new project on early-sixteenth-century print anthologies of fifteenth-century poetry (especially narrative verse).

Twitter: @poulethelen



Professor Henrike Lähnemann

Professor Henrike Lähnemann

I currently work on two projects which question the traditional late medieval / early modern division in Germany: The Nuns’ Network  which is an edition of 1.800 letters from the convent of Lüne from between ca. 1455 and 1550 and a collection of the bilingual (Latin/Low German) devotional writing by Cistercian nuns between 1478 and 1550 (Medingen Manuscripts). Together with the Taylor Institution Library, I have been running a project Remembering the Reformation, focussing for the quincentenary of the German Reformation on Singing, Translating and Printing as key activities. This lives on in the “Taylor Edition Series One: Reformation Pamphlet”, an open access library of texts from the Oxford collections.



Dr Paola Tomè

Paola Tomè

I am a member of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Magdalen College.  In 2013 I was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship with a research project on the return of Greek studies to Western Europe in the 15th century ( http://greek15century.mml.ox.ac.uk/). My research has focused on Giovanni Tortelli, the first librarian of the Vatican Library, but I also studied translations from Greek into Latin printed in the Veneto region in the fifteenth century; moreover, I am interested in the grammatical traditions from Antiquity to the Renaissance. I am author of a monograph and of a number of papers in several international journals, including Revue d'Histoire des Textes, Miscellanea Apostolica Vaticana, Studi su Boccaccio, Humanistica Lovaniensia, Medievalia et Humanistica. Among other recent initiatives, I organized the international conference ‘Making and Rethinking Renaissance in 15c Europe between Greek and Latin’ at Corpus Christi College in June 2016, and I am the co-organizer, together with Stephen Harrison and Elizabeth Sandis, of an informal Neolatin seminar series running at Corpus Christi since 2015.



Dr Alice Brooke

Alice Brooke

My work focusses on the literature of the early modern Hispanic world, with a particular interest in the religious culture of Viceregal Mexico, women’s writing, and convents as sites of literary and intellectual production.

My first book, on the religious plays of the Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (The autos sacramentales of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Sacramental Theology and Natural Philosophy) was published by OUP in 2018. I am currently working on a translation and critical edition of Sor Juana’s Respuesta a sor Filotea, as well as a new project on the literary history of the Immaculate Conception in the early modern Hispanic world.


Dr Roy Norton

Roy Norton

My research focuses on the literature of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Within that field I have two particular interests: theatre and religious culture. My doctoral thesis (2014) combined the two, consisting in a critical edition and study of San Nicolás de Tolentino (c. 1614), a saint’s play by Lope de Vega, recently published by Reichenberger. I’m currently working on: 1. an edition and translation into English of Antonio Coello’s Elizabeth I play, El conde de Sex (c. 1633); 2. a study of Sir Tobie Mathew’s 1642 English translation of St Teresa of Ávila’s spiritual autobiography, the Libro de la vida; and 3. innuendo in Lope de Vega’s religious drama.


Mr Richard Rabone

Rich Rabone

My research interests lie in the literature and culture of the Spanish Golden Age, with a particular emphasis on literary imitation and classical reception. I am currently completing my doctoral thesis, which examines the treatment of the Aristotelian Golden Mean in early modern Spanish literature. For the next three years, my work will focus on emblematics, and particularly the reception in Salamanca of Alciatus’s  Emblemata; I am especially interested in how these emblems were received in intellectual circles, and in how they may be used to illuminate the workings of humanist culture in the city, as well as their influence on literary and artistic production.


Professor Jonathan Thacker

I am interested in early modern (Golden Age) Spanish theatre from aspects of performance, both contemporary and modern-day, in Spanish and in translation, to text-based study. I work on attributions of plays, editorial questions, genre, and the relationship of theatre to society. As far as this drama is concerned I have written mostly on Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina. I also work on Cervantes, both his theatre and his prose works and have an interest in the early translations of Don Quijote into English.


Three of the main projects I work on or have worked on recently are:

http://catcom.uv.es/home.php (Valencia, Spain)
http://www.outofthewings.org/ (UK-based)
http://prolope.uab.cat/grupo/miembros-6.html (Barcelona, Spain)



Dr Otared Haidar

Otared Haidar

My recent and ongoing research concentrates on modern Syria and the modernizing trends and enlightenment movement in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Syria and its different communities. It applies an interdisciplinary approach to view this landscape animated by the interaction between the mainstream, counter-discourse, and other minor variations, and to explore their relations, cultural production and intellectual dialogue. The analysis examines representative cultural products of that period both as modes of expression and as sites of debates about community, identity and universality. These concepts preoccupied intellectual and political movements during their time and in the following period, and exploring them can yield vital insights into present history of Syrian Society.






Professor Paul Lodge

Paul Lodge

My research persona is a historian of 17th Century Philosophy (with a special focus on the philosophy of G. W. Leibniz). I am editor and translator of The Leibniz-De Volder Correspondence (Yale, 2013); editor of Leibniz and His Correspondents (Cambridge, 2004) and Locke and Leibniz on Substance (Routledge, 2015 - with Tom Stoneham); and author of numerous articles on the philosophy of Leibniz. I am currently working on an edition and translation of Leibniz’s philosophical journal articles and co-editing (with Lloyd Strickland) a collection of papers introducing Leibniz's major writings (both for OUP). I have a general (but more ignorant) interest in the histories of modern German and Jewish philosophy (particularly Martins Buber and Heidegger), and 19th Century British philosophy (particularly T H Green). I also have perennial 'non-historical' interest in philosophical theology, the foundations of normativity and philosophical methodology.



Professor Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

I am a philosopher who works on metaphysics and on 17th Century philosophy. My general interest in the latter is the metaphysics of 17th Century philosophy and I am particularly interested in the metaphysics of Descartes, Locke and Leibniz. I am also interested in the methodology of the history of philosophy. My latest book is a monograph on Leibniz, Leibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles (OUP, 2014). For more details on my publications see my Faculty's webpage and my Academia.edu webpage





Dr Kirsten MacFarlane

Kirsten McFarlane

I am an Associate Professor of Early Modern Christianities and a Fellow of Keble College. My research interests lie at the intersection of religious, cultural, and intellectual history in the period from the Reformation to the early Enlightenment, with an emphasis on the history of biblical scholarship in Western Europe and North America. I'm particularly interested in the early modern study of Hebrew and post-biblical Jewish literature by Reformed Protestant scholars. This is the topic of my forthcoming book on the controversial English Hebraist Hugh Broughton (1549-1612) and it's also central to my more recent work on the Dutch Hebraist Willem Surenhuis (1664-1729), who is best known for producing the first full Latin translation of the Mishnah. Together with Prof Joanna Weinberg and Dr Piet van Boxel, I'm co-editing a volume on the early modern Jewish and Christian reception of the Mishnah, and I'm also currently working on a second monograph studying the influence of late sixteenth-century European biblical criticism on colonial North America, especially on the popular religion and lay piety of early immigrants to Massachusetts.