Find a research supervisor in Early Modern Literature

Our research in early modern literature covers the full range of literary and cultural forms, with particular emphases on the poetry and prose of the seventeenth century, including the writings of John Donne, John Milton and Aphra Behn.

We have taken a lead in a number of major editing projects, including editions of Donne’s sermons and Behn’s poetry, and are actively engaged in wider debates around editorial practice and the materiality of the text. Other major strands in our research include the study of the religious cultures of early modern England, including perceptions of paganism, wider work on women’s writing in the period, and studies of the later reception of medieval and early modern writers including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jonson.

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor of English Literature

  • John Donne and his contemporaries
  • Seventeenth-century religious poetry and prose
  • John Milton and his contemporaries
  • Early modern print and manuscript culture

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

  • Late medieval literature
  • Medieval visual culture
  • Tudor literature
  • Pre-modern drama
  • Epigraphy
  • First World War

Professor Tom Lockwood

Professor Tom Lockwood

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

  • Early modern literature
  • Romantic literature
  • Reception
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Manuscript

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

  • Eighteenth-century literature and art
  • Romanticism
  • Intellectual history
  • Aesthetics
  • Utopianism
  • Scottish literature

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

  • Eighteenth-century Shakespeare
  • Eighteenth-century fiction
  • Quotation
  • Reception
  • The uses of poetry
  • Cultural value

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Emeritus Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

  • Medieval English literature and culture
  • Radical, polemical and satirical writing
  • Early printed broadsides and pamphlets
  • Langland
  • Lollardy
  • Digital palaeography

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Senior Lecturer

  • Older Scots Literature
  • Romance and Arthurian Literature
  • Women and the Book in the Middle Ages
  • The Trojan Legend/ medieval reception of Classical literature
  • Manuscript Studies and Book History
  • Magic and the Supernatural Chaucer and Chaucer’s Legacy (including Lydgate and Henryson)

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor of English and Irish Literature

  • Aphra Behn
  • Restoration literature
  • Early modern women's writing
  • Book history
  • Samuel Daniel