Imagining Past Lives

Research across the Humanities in Oxford is engaged in many different ways of imagining the lives of those who lived in the period 1400-1800. These range from using Digital Humanities to recreate spaces and sensory experience, through recovering a literature on imagining particular ways of walking, viewing and inhabiting the Ottoman city, to making use of ‘creative criticism’ to enable new kinds of access to the early modern literary imagination. Here you will find links to current and past projects, resources, podcasts and publications.

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Early Modern Italian World:

Ashmolean: Objects Out Loud:


Aslı Niyazioğlu, Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul: A Seventeenth Century Biographer's Perspective (London and New York: Routledge, 2016).

Joe Moshenska, Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England (Oxford, 2014).

Joe Moshenska, Iconoclasm as Child's Play (Stanford, CA., 2019).

Joe Moshenska, Making Darkness Light: the Life and Times of John Milton (London, 2021)

William Poole, The Complete Works of John Milton, Volume XI: Manuscript Writings (Oxford, 2019).

William Poole, Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost (Harvard, MA., 2017).

Monographs series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture:

Adam Smyth, Autobiography in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2010).

Adam Smyth, A History of English Autobiography (Cambridge, 2016).

Steven Gunn, The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII (Oxford, 2018)

Katherine Ibbett: Compassion's Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Philadelphia, PA., 2017)