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, with a specific focus on early modern verse and drama.

My research is concerned with genre, authorship and ‘literary afterlives’, focusing particularly on the reception and influence of the dream vision and complaint in the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries.


  • BA (Hons) in English Literature – Birmingham
  • MA in English Literature (Medieval and Early Modern) – Birmingham
  • PhD in English Literature (‘The Early Modern Dream Vision (1558-1625): Genre, Authorship and Reception’) – Birmingham


I have worked for the Department since 2013 as both a Visiting Lecture and Teaching Associate. I was appointed Teaching Fellow in 2017, and have since taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I have held various administrative posts in the University. Before returning to full-time study in 2012, I also enjoyed several years working as a Librarian. 


My current undergraduate teaching and lecturing includes Songs and Sonnets, Shakespeare (co-convenor), Flourish for the Players: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries (co-convenor) and Tragedy. I also convene the BIA Foundation module ‘Learning to Read Literature’.


My doctoral research (2012-16) stemmed from a combined interest in medieval dream vision poetry and early modern women’s writing. This led to my AHRC-funded doctoral research project (completed 2016), entitled ‘The Early Modern Dream Vision (1558-1625): Genre, Authorship and Reception’: the first full-length investigation into the ‘afterlife’ of the dream vision in the period spanning 1558-1625.

My research has since expanded to look at other examples of visionary literature and its reception, with a particular focus on the legacy of Edmund Spenser’s Complaints (1591). I am currently preparing these findings for monograph publication.

I have also published articles on servant writing and the literary representation of Mary Queen of Scots, and I am in the process of preparing several more articles deriving from my doctoral research. In addition to my main research interests, I am also interested in modern historical fiction, particularly the representation of the poet Aemilia Lanyer in historical fiction by women.

Other activities

This year I will be co-organising the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS), programme of events, including our research seminars and annual lecture, details of which can be found here.

For two years I was General Co-Editor for the Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (now Ad-Alta) and continue to act on the Journal’s Editorial Board.


  • ‘Use your allusion: Echoes of Shakespeare, Spenser, Drayton and Kyd in an early Jacobean poem,’ Studies in Philology – forthcoming
  • ‘Review of Katherine West Scheil, Imagining Shakespeare’s WifeThe Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018),’ Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation – forthcoming 
  • ‘Thomas Andrewe (fl. 1600-1615): New Attributions?,’ Notes and Queries – forthcoming 
  • Review of Jessica Winston, Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558–1581 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), Journal of the Northern Renaissance 9 (2017) 
  • ‘“I keepe my watche, and warde”: Richard Robinson’s Rewarde of Wickednesse (1574).’  Journal of Early Modern Studies 4 (2015): 71-98


  • ‘Poetic Justice: Reading the Early Modern Dream Vision’, AHRC Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambridge, November 2018
  • ‘“The Art of Dying”’: Scenes of murder on the early modern English stage, Shakespeare Society Lecture, University of Birmingham, October 2018
  • 'Framing the Shrew’: Text, Paratext and Performance’, Shakespeare Society Lecture, University of Birmingham, June 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”: 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