Dr Emily Buffey BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Department of English Literature
Teaching Associate

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I teach across all periods of English Literature, from the medieval to the modern, although my main area of interest is in the period 1500-1625. My research focuses on lesser-known writers and their works, and on the use, application and adaptation of the conventionally ‘medieval’ dream vision in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.


  • BA (Hons), English Literature (Birmingham, 2008)
  • MA English Literature (Birmingham, 2010)
  • PhD English Literature (Birmingham, 2016)


I have been teaching at the University of Birmingham since 2013, where I held a three-year AHRC scholarship to complete my doctoral thesis, ‘The Early Modern Dream Vision (1558-1625)’. I was the General Co-Editor for the Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language for two years, where I now serve as a member of the Editorial Board.


2016-2017: Learning to Read Literature (BIA Foundation); Shakespeare (Elizabethan and Jacobean)

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

2013-2015: Literary Aesthetics before 1800; Critical Practice


Works-in-progress include an article on the reception and influence of Spenser’s Ruines of Time in the Jacobean period, and further biographical research into the poets Thomas Andrewe (fl. 1600-1605) and Luke Hutton (d. 1598).

Other activities

I am in the process of organising an interdisciplinary conference on dreams, dreaming and nocturnal encounters in the late medieval and early modern periods.



  • ‘“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.