Emily Buffey

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: The Early Modern Dream Vision: c. 1540-1625
Supervisors: Dr Gillian Wright; Dr David Griffth
PhD English Literature


2013-2015: Literary Aesthetics before 1800; Critical Practice

2015-2016: Plays and Performance; Songs and Sonnets; Writing Revolutions (1).


My PhD thesis, ‘The Early Modern Dream Vision: c. 1558-1625’ is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and offers the first full-length investigation into the influence and reception of the ‘medieval’ dream vision poem in the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. It is my contention that the dream vision is one of the forgotten genres of the early modern period. The dream vision provided an authoritative and highly flexible vehicle for articulating a range of social, political and personal ideas. By demonstrating the role played by this genre in the poetry of the period post-reform, my thesis engages current debates on the politics of print, literary production, historical periodization, reception and genre.

My PhD is funded by a three-year AHRC Doctoral Award and is due for completion in January 2016.

I am also the current General Co-editor for The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language.  



  • ‘“Talke of Newport battaile”: Visions of Conflict and the Soldier’s Complaint,’ Travel and Conflict Conference, Bangor University, September 2015.
  • ‘“The Blacke Dogge of Newgate” or “the divel in such a likenesse”: Posthumous Publication and the Legacy of Luke Hutton,’ EMREM Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2015: ‘Body and Soul,’ May 2015
  • ‘The Servant and the Scottish Queen: Richard Robinson's Rewarde of Wickednesse,’ EMREM Annual Postgraduate Symposium 2014: ‘(De)Constructing Medieval and Early Modern Perceptions,’ May 2014.
  • ‘Barnabe Googe’s Chaucer: Poetry, Prophecy and “Pope Holye”,’ National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, ‘From glass case to cyberspace: Chaucerian Manuscripts Across Time,’ April 2014. 


  • ‘“I keepe my watche, and warde”: Richard Robinson’s Rewarde of Wickednesse (1574).’ Journal of Early Modern Studies 4 (2015): 71-98.