Dr Emily Buffey BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Department of English Literature
Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I teach across all periods of English Literature, from the medieval to the modern, though my research focuses primarily on literature of the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. I am particularly interested in ‘non-canonical’ texts and their authors, as well as genre, reception, translation, print culture and literary practices, and in tracing early modern literary networks and communities.


  • BA (Hons)
  • MA
  • PhD (Birmingham)


Prior to the completion of my PhD in 2016, I worked for the Department as both a Teaching Associate and Visiting Lecturer, and have taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 


  • Tragedy (2nd year – co-convenor with David Griffith)
  • Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean (2nd year)
  • Songs and Sonnets (2nd year)
  • Plays and Performance (1st year)
  • Learning to Read Literature (BIA Foundation - convenor)


My research stems from my AHRC-funded doctoral project, ‘The Early Modern Dream Vision (1558-1625)’, completed in 2016, which offered the first full-length investigation into the reception and influence of the medieval dream poem in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. At present, I am working on a community of early C17th authors, including Michael Drayton, William Browne of Tavistock and Henry Peacham, in their reading, interpretation and adaptation of Edmund Spenser’s Complaints. I have written and presented on a range of topics, including servant- and soldier- poetry, as well as the literary representation of Mary Queen of Scots. Other works-in-progress include an article on Chaucer at the sixteenth-century Inns of Court and several book reviews.

Other activities

I am in the process of organising a cross-disciplinary conference on dreams and dreaming in the early modern period to be held in the summer of 2018.




  • ‘The pleasures and pains of early modern reading’, Sensing the Early Modern: Birkbeck Early Modern Society Student Conference, Birkbeck, University of London, February 2016.
  • ‘“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.