Professor Tom Lockwood MA, MPhil, PhD

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

Contact details

Room 402, Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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, and on early modern manuscript poetry.

I was appointed as the Director of Education for the College of Arts and Law in 2016. In 2014-15 I was Deputy Head of the School of English, Drama and ACS, and the School’s Head of Education, and for the three years before that the School’s Deputy Head of Education with responsibility for Quality Assurance.’


MA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)


I came to Birmingham in 2005 from the universities of Cambridge and Leeds; I studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Girton College, Cambridge, and held a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Leeds.


I enjoy teaching across the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Birmingham, with a particular concentration in writing of the early modern and romantic periods.

I received an Award for Excellence in both elements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education that I completed at Birmingham in 2011; in 2008 I was awarded one of the University's Excellence in Teaching prizes. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since November 2011.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students across the range of my teaching and research interests.

I have been the lead or co-supervisor for a number of students who have completed their doctorates:

Wendy Trevor, whose thesis explored the varieties of dramatised male friendship in the early modern period;
Natalie Aldred, who edited William Haughton's play, Englishmen for My Money;
Harry Newman, whose thesis explored questions of impression and identity in Shakespeare, and who is now a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London;
Kerry Gilbert, who wrote on professionalism in Angel Day's manual, The English Secretary;
Jennie Challinor, whose AHRC-funded research explored the drama of the 1670-71 theatre season;
Georgina Hildick-Smith, who wrote on education and value in early modern drama; and
Phil Jones, who wrote on the reception of Samuel Johnson.

I am currently lead or co-supervisor for the following students:

Debra Weston, who is working on Gothic drama on the Romantic stage;
Neil Halliday, who is writing on De Quincey and Romantic autobiography;
Aurora Martinez, who is writing on pastoral from Marvell to Wordsworth;
Charlotte Evans, who is writing on Keats and early modern writers;
Nicola Westwood, who is writing on Romantic-period abolitionist literature; and
Eleanor Kennett, who is writing on the letters, papers and journals of William Pearson.

I am interested in supervising MA, MPhil and PhD candidates in the following areas and will be pleased to respond to enquiries:

Early modern poetry and drama, including Shakespeare
Romantic writing
The relationships of Renaissance and Romantic writers
Ben Jonson and his contemporaries
Charles Lamb and his collaborators
The relationships of manuscript and print

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research explores the relationships between Renaissance writers and their later readers, and the material forms in which these and other textual exchanges take place. My first book, Ben Jonson in the Romantic Age (Oxford University Press, 2005), explores the many forms in which Jonson was mobile within the Romantic period. The book is part of my ongoing interest in the ways in which understandings of Renaissance writers and their texts have transformed by the history of their productions, publication and readership.

I delivered the Chatterton Lecture on English Poetry at the British Academy in October 2009, speaking on the title ‘Donne, By Hand’ (podcast of the lecture). I earlier spoke at the British Academy on ‘Milton in the Twentieth Century’ as part of a colloquium to celebrate the quatercentenary of Milton’s birth in December 2008, later published in John Milton: Life, Writing, Reputation. I have published widely on poetic and dramatic manuscripts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries: I was awarded The Review of English Studies Essay Prize (2003) for my article, 'The Sheridans at Work', and my article reporting the text of a new country house poem, 'All Hayle to Hatfeild', was chosen for republication in the 40th Anniversary Virtual Issue of English Literary Renaissance. A new piece in The Review of English Studies announces ‘Another New Manuscript of Sir John Davies’s Epigrams’, and begins a conversation about the reasons why we might now need of a new edition of Davies’s Works.

My chapter on the poetry and career of one of Francis Bacon’s chaplains, William Lewis, formed part of a collection of essays published by Manchester University Press, Chaplains in Early Modern England, which I co-edited with Hugh Adlington and Gillian Wright; and am exploring new research into Charles Lamb, and in particular his Specimens of English Dramatic Poets (1808) and Extracts from the Garrick Plays (1827), for a new complete edition of The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, to be published by Oxford University Press. My article on William Hazlitt's reading and use of Lamb's Specimens was published in The Hazlitt Review (2014).



Selected articles and chapters in edited collections

  • ‘Rochester and Rhyme’ in Matthew C. Augustine and Steven N. Zwicker eds, Lord Rochester in the Restoration World (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 270-90.
  • ‘ ‘He spoke to Charles Lamb...’: Reading and Performance in Hazlitt’s Lectures Chiefly on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth’, The Hazlitt Review, 7 (2014), 31-46.
  • ‘Ben Jonson in the Nineteenth Century’ in Eugene Giddens, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Ben Jonson (Oxford University Press; in press)
  • 'Poetry, patronage and cultural agency: the career of William Lewis' in Chaplains in Early Modern England (as above).
  • ‘ “Empericks of state”: Manuscript Verse and the Impeachment of Francis Bacon’, Philological Quarterly, 91 (2012), 23-47.
  • ‘W.T. Stead’s Penny Poets: Beyond Baylen’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 16 (2013), 1-16, published online:
  • ‘For Honour and Glory: Reading Selden and Sylvester in the Seventeenth Century’, Leeds Studies in English,n.s. 41(2012 for 2010), 119-29.
  • ‘Donne, By Hand’ (The Chatterton Lecture on Poetry 2009), Proceedings of the British Academy, 167 (2011), 453-77.
  • ‘Milton in the Twentieth Century’ in Paul Hammond and Blair Worden, eds, John Milton 1608-2008: Life, Work, and Reputation (Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2010), pp.167-86.
  • ' "All Hayle to Hatfeild": A New Series of Country House Poems from Leeds University Library, Brotherton Collection, MS Lt q 44 [with text]', English Literary Renaissance, 38 (2008), 270-303; republished in the 40th Anniversary Virtual Issue ofEnglish Literary Renaissance (2012).
  • 'The Sheridans at Work Again: The Wallace Manuscript of The Siege of St Quintin ', The Review of English Studies, 58 (2007), 89-93.
  • '"The hazzard of grosse mistakes in ignorant Transcribers": A New Manuscript Text of Sir Robert Stapylton's Musaeus on the Loves of Hero and Leander ', English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700, 13 (2007), 250-69.
  • 'Manuscript, Print, and the Authentic Shakespeare: The Ireland Forgeries Again', Shakespeare Survey 59 (Cambridge, 2006), 108-23.
  • 'The Sheridans at Work: A Recovered Drury Lane Revisal of 1808', The Review of English Studies, 55 (2004), 487-97, winner of The Review of English Studies Essay Prize 2003; a text is available online here.
  • 'Edmond Malone and Early Modern Textual Culture', The Yale University Library Gazette, 79 (2004), 53-69.
  • 'Francis Godolphin Waldron and Ben Jonson's The Sad Shepherd', The Library, 7th series, 3 (2002), 390-412.


  • Arden of Faversham, introd. Tom Lockwood, playtext ed. Martin White, New Mermaids (London : A&C Black, 2007)

Shorter articles and notes

  • ‘Shakespeare’s Ophelia, Milton’s Lycidas’, Notes & Queries, n.s. 57 (2010), 41-3.
  • 30 ‘Biographical Sketches of English translators’, Henry Carey to George Wither (with other sketches by Robert Cummings, Stuart Gillespie and Gillian Wright), in The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, Volume 2: 1550-1660, eds Gordon Braden, Robert Cummings and Stuart Gillespie (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp.433-70.
  • 'Survey of the Text' (in collaboration with David Gants), The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, general editors David Bevington, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • 'Works (1692)', 'Works (1716-7)', 'Works (1756)' and 'Works (1816)' [bibliographical essays], The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, general editors David Bevington, Martin Butler and Ian Donaldson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • 'New Allusions to Jonson and Sidney', Notes & Queries, n.s. 52 (2005), 227-29.
  • 'Sir Thomas North', The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004), 41.119-22.
  • 'Theatrical Jonson', Essays in Criticism, 50 (2000), 273-80 (review essay).
  • Reviews have appeared in The Library, The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, BARS Review & Bulletin, Early Modern Literary Studies, New Theatre Quarterly and Renaissance Journal.

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English literary writing from the Renaissance to the Romantic periods; the relations between the periods; the manuscript and printed forms in texts circulated