CLEMT people

The Co-Directors of the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text are Louise Curran and Oliver Herford. The Centre consists of staff, associates, graduate and doctoral students and visiting scholars who cover a broad range of literary periods and approaches.

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor of English Literature

My research interests are primarily in the area of early modern literature (1500-1800), particularly religious poetry and prose, the works of John Donne, John Milton and Thomas Browne, the history of the book, textual editing, applications of computational linguistics to literary criticism, and genetic criticism. Selected works-in-progress include a monograph on John Donne's library and reading, ...

Dr Peter Auger

Dr Peter Auger

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

I work on early modern literature, especially poetry. I primarily study sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature in relation to its Scottish and French counterparts, emphasizing regional dynamics across all three nations. Both my research and teaching promote international perspectives on English literature.

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

My teaching and research focusses on the literature and culture of twentieth-century North America, with a particular emphasis on collage, networks of influence, and the poetry and art of New York City.

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

I research eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially letter-writing and literary celebrity, the novel, and the links between material forms and textual meanings.

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature

My current work focuses on the reception of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More broadly, I am interested in the materiality and history of the book, as well as notions of the supernatural and the occult, particularly as these ideas operate at the edges of a range of scientific discourses. I teach literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular ...

Dr Victoria Flood

Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

My research focuses on the relationship between text, territory, and regional and national political identities, and I am currently working on a project on the transmission of fairy narratives between England, Wales and continental Europe, c. 1180-1400, with a particular focus on treatments of the phantom or spectral body. 

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Birmingham Fellow

Please note: as of September 2019 I am on a five-year leave of absence from the University to work full time for the University and College Union (UCU). During this period I will not be teaching or supervising students, or commencing any new research projects. Please continue to contact me at my University email address, but be advised that I will be checking it less regularly than ...

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James. I am interested in the place of style in literary non-fiction, the practice of editing, and the relations between personal correspondence and other types of life-writing (autobiography, biography, and memoir). I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and ...

Professor John Jowett

Professor John Jowett

Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Deputy Director of The Shakespeare Institute

My teaching and research focuses mainly on Shakespeare and early modern drama, with particular reference to editing and all areas of textual study.

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor of English Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

My teaching and my research interests move across the early modern and into the Romantic periods, with a particular focus on the way in which later writers respond to, adapt and receive earlier writers. My current projects include research on Charles Lamb's reading of early modern drama for a new OUP edition of his Complete Works, responses to Ben Jonson in the Restoration and Romantic periods, ...

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Reader in Victorian Literature and Culture
Head of Research, EDACS

My scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture broadly defined, and I’m especially intrigued by the study and depiction of the creative process, the self/other relationship, and the textual/visual interface; these interests also drive my work in textual editing. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Dr Rebecca Roach

Dr Rebecca Roach

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

My teaching and research focuses on 20th and 21st century literature and culture across the Anglophone world, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between literature, media and book history.

Dr Olivia (Liv) Robinson

Dr Olivia (Liv) Robinson

Lecturer in Late Medieval Literature

My work focuses on Anglo-French literary cultures and on medieval theatre, particularly theatre copied and performed by medieval women.  I am currently working on a research project on drama in medieval women’s religious houses. The Medieval Convent Drama Project, which is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, explores the theatrical cultures and activities of medieval ...

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

I teach and research modern and contemporary writing in English from across postcolonial world (including Britain). I have special interests in the culture-forming work of institutions, the interfaces between the modern state and literary culture, and twentieth-century literary history in a global context. 

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

I’m a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I’m interested the way Shakespeare is quoted and valued in literature and culture, from his own lifetime to the twenty-first century.  

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor of English Literature

My main enthusiasm is for eighteenth-century poetry and satire, particularly the work of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, and I have a special interest in textual editing, having produced, over the last few years, editions of Pope’s Dunciad and of hoaxes and parodies by Swift.

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Emeritus Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

I am a specialist in medieval English language and literature with strong manuscripts, archival, and interdisciplinary experience. My work addresses questions that trouble the conventional boundaries between literary and other discourses, and is informed by the belief that medieval textual research can contribute to cultural history and enrich theory and practice in English studies. I became ...

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

I joined the department in September 2017 as Lecturer of Victorian Literature. My research focusses on the relationships in the nineteenth century between genre, form and globalisation. In particular, I’m interested in the mobility and materiality of literature in the context of nineteenth-century settler colonialism. I work and teach across the breadth of the nineteenth and twentieth ...

Dr Will Sharpe

Dr Will Sharpe

Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare

My teaching and research interests focus on the early modern period, and Shakespeare in particular, chiefly, in my research, on the textual editing and collaborative authorship of Shakespeare’s plays.

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature

I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.

Dr Nathan Waddell

Dr Nathan Waddell

Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

I teach and research early twentieth-century literature, with a core emphasis on the life, work, and controversies of the painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957). All of my research is collaborative—with students, postdoctoral scholars, university administrators, and individuals based outside of higher education—and I seek always to make my teaching similarly reciprocal, treating ...

Dr Martin Wiggins

Dr Martin Wiggins

My research interests cover the full corpus of dramatic works written in the British Isles between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, including both commercial and literary plays, masques and entertainments, and drama in Latin, Greek, Cornish, and Welsh.

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Senior Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature. I teach pre-1800 literature, with a particular focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. As a researcher, I work on medieval Scottish literature. I am particularly interested in romance, manuscript study, and book history.

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor of English and Irish Literature

I hold a chair in English and Irish Literature. My research and teaching both focus on literature from the early modern period, and in particular on poetry, women’s writing, and book history and editing. I am a General Editor on the AHRC-funded Cambridge edition of The Works of Aphra Behn, for which I am editing Behn’s poetry. I also teach contemporary Irish fiction. 

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